I'm Walking to End Lupus. Join Me?
At 26 years old, my life completely changed. It was a long road to get my diagnosis of Lupus. It was doctor visits and tests. It was being told Prozac would solve all my problems. It was being sick with no answers because "it was all in my head". It took 2 years to finally get an answer.That someone said, "This isn't make believe, this isn't is your head. This is real, and this is Lupus."
Three years after it all started My journey has only just begun and I have a long battle ahead but I have been lucky enough to have a wonderful partner, family and friends who are there for me and so supportive.
Finally having an answer can be liberating and helps the people around you understand you a little more, but it doesn't change the fact that nobody really knows what Lupus is and there is no cure. With this, my third walk of many, I hope to spread the word. I want people who don't know Lupus, to learn. I want doctors, employers, family, friends, & strangers to help push this change and spread understanding. Just because Lupus isn't visible, doesn't mean it isn't there.
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