Imagine a day when doctors can say, "There is a cure for lupus." Until that day, there's work to be done. That's why I'm taking action in the fight against lupus. Join me as I participate in Lupus Foundation of America's Walk to End Lupus Now(R) to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.
This year's walk is being postponed until the Fall due to COVID-19, but The Lupus Foundation of America needs our help now more than ever with funds. They have done so much advocating for us patients with Lupus who take Hydroxychloriquine, which has been less available to lupus patients since the President talked about how it was a possible cure and treatment for COVID-19.
My personal experience was with symptoms that started almost five years ago. These symptoms included fatigue, anemia, extreme eye and facial swelling, hair loss, gland swelling, and pain, swelling, and redness in my joints. I saw a few different doctors and got told that besides Hashimitos, I was normal and just needed to continue a good diet and excercise. However, my symptoms continued on and off.
I ended up becoming so sick, a major amount of brain swelling and seizures sent me to the hospital for two months in 2017. My autoimmune response was overworked and couldn't fight off the many infections I had acquired. My body was fighting itself. It was only then that I finally received my diagnosis, SLE.
Will you make a donation 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? Any contribution 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.
* 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!