Dog Mom. Aunt. Lawyer. And most importantly to this cause: Lupus Warrior.
At eleven years old, I was diagnosed with Lupus (SLE) and lupus nephritis. I endured two years of chemotherapy, high doses of steroids that expanded my little body with a quickness, and a shaved head in seventh grade.
Life wasn’t easy as I learned how to understand and take care of my body, but I was always determined to live my life the same as planned before my diagnosis.
At nineteen, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. At twenty, I was diagnosed with autoimmune neutropenia. For a while I thought the new diagnoses would never end. However, by this time I was an experienced fighter, and I continued to fight.
Now, nearly nineteen years later, I am a relatively healthy woman in remission for many years. I work full-time, volunteer in various organizations, and play with my niece and nephew as if joint and muscle pain aren’t a thing.
My ultimate goals in fundraising for Lupus are to help us find a cure so that those who come after us do not have to suffer, and to encourage others in similar situations to not give up.
Remember after the pandemic ends lupus will still be here. That’s why lupus warriors keep fighting together.