I've been through hell and I have the scars to prove it.
I've forgotten more pain and suffering that I've experienced due to lupus than most people will ever experience in their lives. I've endured stage 4 kidney failure, a year and a half of chemotherapy, 6 months of dialysis, losing my vision and having to live nearly completely blind for a few years, pain medication addiction, steroid infusions, bone marrow biopsies, gran mal seizures, blood transfusions, and sooooooo much more. Yet each time this disease tries to take me out, I rise up from my ashes like a true Phoenix, even stronger.
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 every year since I was officially diagnosed in 2007, I participate with my team, Team Phoenix, in raising money for the Lupus Foundation of America at the San Francisco Walk For Lupus in October.
It may seem like a hassle or inconvenience to take a few seconds and donate or even share the link, but trust me, the effort is a hell of a lot easier than actually living with the disease like I do. I promise it’s worth it and your support does NOT go unappreciated! 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!