I’m Walking to End Lupus Now 2019!!
" I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it". Maya Angelou
Lupus is a mysterious and misunderstood autoimmune disease. It strikes without warning, affects each person differently, and has no known causes or cure.
Diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, I am in my 28th year as a Lupus survivor and warrior! My diagnosis did not come easy or right away. It begin when: I was treated for a kidney infection and given two antibiotics. Released from the hospital, after taking the antibiotics for 10 days, I had a severe delayed allergic reaction to the antibiotics. Swelling of my hands, temperature spiked to 103 degrees; my entire body/skin was covered in burns; suffered temporary paralysis and loss of my eyesight. The doctors on call that day in the ER, truly did not know what to treat first. They begin with getting my temperature down; then they started treament for the paralysis and my loss of vision; then the skin burns and the severe swelling in my hands. After biopsies, tons of laboratory tests and several doctors weeks later, the doctors gave me a diagnosis that I had Lupus. I was 35 years old and had never heard of this disease.
Lupus is a part of my life, but I will not let Lupus control my life. Since the unforgettable day of being diagnosed, I'm more knowledgeable and have committed myself to learning as much as I can regarding Lupus. Yes, every day is a fight literally. However, I thank God for each day given. I believe that knowledge is power/self-empowerment. I would not be the warrior that I am today, had it not been for my strong supportive family, prayers daily and my daughters registering our family for the Walk to End Lupus. WTEL came at exactly the right time for me and my family. Being a part of this amazing Foundation has truly been a blessing in my life.
My family and I look forward to the Walk every year! To raise the necessary funds needed; that are supporting the Lupus Foundations efforts, to improve the quality of life for those living with Lupus. Imagine the day when doctors and researchers say; We have the cure for Lupus! "Bringing awareness is the key! That is our Team mission and goal with our fundraising!
We have lost Lupus Warriors along the way in this fight. They will never be forgotten... I walk in memory of Varner Dickerson, Kristal Deonne Williams, L.H. and Margie Flowers- I walk for Lupus Warriors/Survivors fighting daily; Shawnie Prater, Okha, Lee, Jane Wyler, Digna Maranan, Aaliyah, Lisa Young, Princess Celeste, Sandra Pettaway, Octavene Braxton, Tonya White, Diane Knecht.
Together, we can help solve the cruel mystery of lupus. It only takes one to make a difference in the lives of those living with Lupus. Will you please be that ONE; to support our efforts in meeting our team and LFA goal, by clicking on JB' Sweetpeas walk page and make a secure tax deductible donation.
Every dollar donated counts towards a CURE!
I ask that if you cannot make a donation today, then please share information about this disease to your friends and loved ones. Since lupus is a "quiet" autoimmune disease, it can be hard to determine who's suffering in silence. We want all surviors and warriors to know that we are here to fight for and with them!
Thank you so much for your continuous support!!
Jackie Brown/JB's Sweetpeas