I’m Walking to End Lupus Now 2020!!
" I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it". Maya Angelou
Lupus is a mysterious chronic and misunderstood autoimmune disease.It causes inflammation which can damage major organs; brain, heart, kidneys. Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening. It strikes without warning, affects each person differently, and has no known causes or cure.
Diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, I am in my 29th 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. . 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 Lupus.
Lupus is a part of my life, but I will not let Lupus control my life. Yes, every day is a fight literally and I thank God for each day I'm given. 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.
We look forward to the yearly Walk in September. However, due to the recent pandemic of COVID-19, the 2020 date Walk to End Lupus is pending. As we adjust to our new "normal" (gloves, masks, social distancing) etc. It doesn't mean that I'll stop my work as a Lupus Warrior and an ambassador for Lupus. I will reach out by spreading Lupus awareness via social media, virtually, text, emails/ by phone. Raising the necessary funds; that are supporting the Lupus Foundations efforts, to improve the quality of life for those living with Lupus
We have lost Lupus Warriors along the way in this fight and 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 puts us closer to a CURE!
I ask that if you cannot make a donation today, please share this page with your friends, family and co-workers. 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 them and with them!
Thank you so much for your continuous support!!
Jackie Brown/JB's Sweetpeas