In July of 2008 my life was changed forever. I was working a lot of extra hours covering for a colleague, at the time I was a corporate trainer and running 2 New Hire Classrooms, my husband was getting ready to deploy and we were moving that weekend to be closer to family while he was overseas. So, when I started feeling “off” I contributed it to stress and anxiety – fortunately my husband saw past that and sent me to the emergency room for an evaluation. It was July 8, 2008. I’ll never forget the look on the doctors face as he came in and delivered the life changing news. “Mrs. Alderman, we need you lie down and relax while we wait on the paramedics to take you upstairs to ICU”… I was dumbfounded, I argued with them and insisted they had the wrong room. “Mrs. Alderman, you have a massive saddle pulmonary embolism, these are typically found during autopsy, please lie down…..NURSE!” It was that moment, that split second in time that my life changed. After 21 days in ICU, much of which I don’t recall and a “good-bye” ceremony for my family members (it’s a real thing when they think you aren’t going to live) I finally pulled through and was released to go home.
But what the heck happened? Where did this mysterious blood clot come from? I had so many questions….and many, many more trips to the Emergency Room which led to many, many more inpatient hospital stays. The doctors just could not figure out what was going on with me! By this time is was May of 2009, Lupus Awareness month and my mom insisted that the doctors run the appropriate tests. The test confirmed my mom’s suspected diagnosis and within the next year (you have to test postitive for antibodies in a consecutive tests over the course of a year) I was diagnosed with Lupus SLE.
This disease almost took my life and continues to ravage my body, my mind and my spirit. Learning to live with it has been exhausting at times but I’ve decided that I WILL NOT BE DEFINDED BY MY LUPUS, IT WILL NOT BEAT ME! It’s because of this that I Walk to End Lupus.
I’m Walking to End Lupus. Join Me?
Imagine a day when doctors can say, “There is a cure for lupus.” Until that day though, there is work to be done. That’s why I’m taking action in the fight against lupus. Join me as I participate in Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now™ in [city] to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.
Will you make a donation to help me reach my personal fundraising goal and support the Foundation's efforts to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus? A generous contribution of $25 or $55 can make a definite impact. What’s more, if your employer offers a Matching Gift Program to employees, you may be able to double your contribution with just a little bit of paperwork. Trust me, it’s worth the effort! Every single dollar counts.
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.
- Only one drug has ever been developed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration specifically to treat the disease.
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Thank you for your generosity!