I am joining thousands of people across the country for the Walk to End Lupus Now®. I hope that you will join me either by lacing up your sneakers or by donating to my fundraising page.
Who will help me by donating, sharing or joining my team as we Walk to End Lupus?
In the summer of 2008 my life changed drastically. Some of you knew me then, many didn’t. That was the year I almost lost my life due to a massive saddle pulmonary embolism, it was days before Sadie would be turning 10 when the doctors called my husband & parents in so they could say their last goodbyes. I am BEYOND blessed to have survived, it took several months and some persistence of my mom for the doctors to finally diagnose me with Lupus SLE.
My health was fragile at best and I was in and out of the hospital so many times for the years that followed. Surgery after surgery because this disease was attacking my organs…we joke now that the only organs I have left are vital to survival, but in all reality, it’s not funny. Yes, I’m in remission but guess what, at any moment, for no known reason I can have another flare.
My levels bounce around like a ping ping ball, I have good days and bad days. I know you never see me posting about it, but it’s there, always lingering in the background waiting to pounce and take me out.
You can make a difference by donating 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.
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!
Y’all are my ROCK! I wouldn’t be here today without your support, the texts, calls, visits, hugs and love are what keep me going!