In October of 2020, I was diagnosed with Lupus after going to the doctor with a long list of different symptoms that started a few years prior. I had no idea that it all would add up to a Lupus diagnosis. I am thankful that I was diagnosed before it affected any major systems (like heart, lungs, or kidney), however that doesn't make this chronic disease easier to live with. It has affected me not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and financially as well as my loved ones.
It was difficult to explain to my 7 year old daughter why some days "mommy can't go out and run around outside with her", and the wondering if she really understands or hoping she doesn't think I don't love her or that I am a bad mom because some days I just don't have the energy to even get out of bed.
Every day is a different day, with different symptoms, and varying levels of pain. I wouldn't wish this on anyone and I want to help bring awareness to this disease that not many know about and help raise money to fund research to hopefully find a cure. So with that being said, on October 16, 2021, I am joining thousands of people across the country for the virtual 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! Any amount donated can go a long way in helping find a cure for Lupus.
Did you know?
Lupus is a mysterious and misunderstood autoimmune disease, and is know as "the Great Imitator" because its symptoms mimic many other illness. 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. 65% of patients say that chronic pain is the most difficult aspect of Lupus.
While lupus can strike anyone at any time. 66% of patients reported a complete or partial loss of their income because they no longer were able to work full time due to complications of Lupus.
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!
Remember after the pandemic ends lupus will still be here. That’s why lupus warriors keep fighting together.