I’m Walking to End Lupus.
I was diagnosed with lupus 2 years ago. Before that diagnosis I dealt with random health issues, but nobody connected the dots. I've probably been living with untreated lupus for over 10 years. There is so much misunderstanding about lupus it often goes untreated or undiagnosed for years.
Lupus can be extremely debilitating. You can see someone with lupus and they look fine on the outside. Meanwhile they are living with chronic pain, brain fog, and a host of other intense physical and mental issues that don't show on the outside.
Having lupus really changes your life and no two people have the same lupus experience. Treatment plans are different for every person. You end up with a whole team of specialists making a plan for your life... my rheumatologist, neurologist, pulmonologist, cardiologist, and gastroenterologist are all part of treatment team. Them, along with my family and friends, are what make my life good even on my bad days. It is so important to have understanding family and friends. I'm lucky. Not all people have that.
If you can, please 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 donation is greatly appreciated. Also, 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!