If someone asked you "What is Lupus?", would you know the answer?
In July 2008, I received a phone call that would forever change my life. When the Dr. said "you have lupus", my thoughts went directly to how it can affect the kidneys. My father died waiting for a kidney transplant due to diabetes. I remember how sick he was due to kidney failure and how he suffered and I was scared. All the what ifs filled my head. I had a pity party and yes, I still have one occasionally. Since writing this years ago, I can happily say, I no longer have a pity party. I embrace everyday. If it’s a bad day, I rest or work through it the best that I can. If it’s a good day, I enjoy it to the fullest.
After seeing the specialist and doing my homework on lupus, I decided i will not let this illness define me. I have lupus but will not let lupus have me. I have always taken care of myself and continute to do so as best that I can. I have my good days and not so good days but thank God everyday I am on this earth.
In the beginning, I started doing the lupus walk for myself. But as I found how this illness lacks the awareness, how the treatments can make the patient feel more sick than the illness itself and how a cure has yet to be discovered, I now walk not for myself but for the countless people including children who suffer from this mysterious and cruel illness.
Please, on behalf of myself and the millions of people suffering from lupus, I am asking you to join and/or donate to my team Jillyg. The money raised goes to research, education and awareness and hopefully one day a cure. Any amount is appreciated. Thank you and God Bless.