What is Lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation which can affect any organ or tissue in the body. Lupus is difficult to diagnose, affects each person differently, and there is currently no known cause or cure.
While lupus can strike anyone at any time, 90% of people living with lupus are women. Women of color are at especially high risk. I'm one of these women, which is why on October 16, 2021, I am joining thousands of people across the country for the virtual Walk to End Lupus Now®. I hope that you will join me either by lacing up your sneakers or by donating to my fundraising page.
October 2021 will mark my one year anniversary living with this diagnosis. At the time, I was experiencing almost every textbook symptom: fatigue, fever, joint paint, stiffness, swelling, skin lesions, hair loss, and kidney involvement just to name a few. Thankfully, my onslaught of symptoms made my diagnosis relatively quick compared to the average diagnosis time of six years, but I soon realized the diagnosis is just the first step of a long journey.
Lupus has no cure and limited treatments. Many of the treatments that exist to help lupus symptoms cause negative side effects and/or are unsafe to take long-term, forcing patients like me to have to choose what pain we are willing to live with - the unwanted side effects or unwanted lupus symptoms. Despite this, I still consider myself lucky that I even have access to good doctors and the latest treatments, as this isn't the case for many others. This is why I'm participating in the walk and asking for your support.
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.
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! Any contribution can make an impact. Every single dollar counts.
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Thank you for your generosity!