I am joining thousands of people across the country for the Walk to End Lupus Now®. You can make a difference by donating 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!
A generous contribution of $25 or $50 can make a definite impact. Every single dollar counts.
My Lupus Journey
I was diagnosed in May 2019 after experiencing joint pain in my hands for several weeks. I was fortunate to be diagnosed quickly and I initially responded to medication well.
In 2021, my symptoms worsened, mostly with joint pain, culminating in a hospital stay in January 2022 when inflammation affected my heart and lungs. It took a mental toll as well, knowing I couldn't always do the activities I used to do. In December 2021, I couldn't walk down a flight of stairs without severe pain in my feet - let alone hike, workout, or bake like I used to.
Over the past 9 months, with the support of family and friends, a stellar team of doctors, and a great work setup, I’ve been able to make difficult lifestyle changes that have given me back a nearly pain-free life for now, and I'm back to light exercising and baking.
Although lupus warriors can go into remission, many are not so lucky, and there's a constant fear things could get bad again. I, and 1.5 million others, will grapple with this disease for the rest of our lives.
Lupus doesn’t always get the attention or funding needed for many reasons, so I want to do what I can to raise awareness and funding to someday rid the world of this cruel disease.
What is lupus?
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.
Lupus is hard to diagnose, but the Lupus Foundation of America is working to make life easier and more comfortable for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States. Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Thank you for your generosity!