LONG story, very short:
After years of struggling with an unknown illness & often being told I was dramatizing the pain I was in, I was finally diagnosed with lupus & mixed connective tissue disease in 2019. Getting to that diagnosis was not at all easy, though. Numerous surgeries, biopsies, endoscopies, colonoscopies, and what felt like never ending bloodwork became the norm for the past few years of my life.
How you can help:
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 $55 can make a definite impact. What’s more, 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.
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. Please join my team & thank you for your generosity!