Welcome! My name is Ashley Cross and I am 30 years old.
I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 23 at Hopkins after years of fighting the disease. I battle severe fatigue, even after hours or days of rest. Lupus fog, not remembering simple tasks and confusion. Rashes, not just the typical butterfly rash on my face but multiple rashes on my torso and legs. Mouth sores, chest pain, joint pain and swelling. I have developed Raynaud's Syndrome in my hands and feet. I am to avoid prolonged periods in the sun and have a very low tolerance for cold weather. After attempting medications like Plaquinel, which is common course of treatment for Lupus patients, my kidney function declined. I had an adverse reaction to Plaquinel and had to stop taking it. So started my treatment of Methotrexate.
I am a full time Paramedic for Kent County Delaware.
I also work part time as a Paramedic in Maryland.
All medications for Lupus are immunosuppressant medications.
Often times I am masked for my patients as well as myself.
I have adjusted my life style to limit my flare ups and reduce symptoms.
This battle will never be over but I am determined to give it one hell of a fight!
With the support of my friends, family and co-workers I know that I have it easier than most battling the mystery of Lupus.
My goal is to push for a better understanding of this auto immune disease, and hopefully a better treatment which will lead to a cure.
From the bottom of my heart,
All donations are greatly apprecaited.
Together, as a wolf pack, we can walk to end Lupus!
Did you know?
The word lupus (from the Latin word for wolf) is attributed to the thirteenth century physician Rogerius, who used it to describe erosive facial lesions that were reminiscent of a wolf's bite. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body).
Information provided by www.lupus.org