In November 2003 my life changed forever. I was officially diagnosed with Lupus. That was 20 years ago. And I'm still here. Still here to talk about it, to fight with other Lupus warriors, to educate others....it's been quite a journey. And one I wouldn't change for the world.
Having Lupus has taught me a lot about myself. I know what I can do, what my limits are, and that there is ALWAYS hope for a better day. Some days I have a hard time remembering that, but it's true- tomorrow can be better.
I have had the privilege to be a part of the Lupus Foundation for 18 years now. Those first 2 years were kind of rough- I was not living my best life. But over time I learned how to live a different life- one with Lupus. I've been blessed with the gift of being here still to share my story with others, to bring hope to those who are struggling (like me) every day, and to work with you to find a cure.
This year is my 20 year anniversary of living with my Lupus diagnosis. I'm asking you to please support me and all all of those living with this disease, as I participate this year in the Walk to End Lupus Now®.
Did you know?
Lupus is a mysterious and misunderstood autoimmune disease. It strikes without warning, affects each person differently, and has no known causes or cure.
Lupus symptoms can be severe and highly unpredictable and can damage any organ or tissue, from the skin or joints to the heart or kidneys.
While lupus can strike anyone at any time, 90% of people living with lupus are women. Women of color are at especially high risk.
Lupus is hard to diagnose, but the Lupus Foundation of America is working to make life easier and more comfortable for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States. Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Thank you for your generosity!