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We Walk in memory of Jenifer Toole
This walk is very personal to us. We lost our daughter Jenifer to lupus at the young age of 29. Jenifer started getting sick at as a teenager and the doctors did not diagnose Jenifer with Lupus until 2019. It was very hard on Jenifer to constantly get sick and not understand why.
At 19 she had a miscarriage, at 23 she had 5 blood clots, at 25 she had mitral valve replacement. She was constantly in hospital for pneumonia. She would receive steroids and antibiotics and she would always get better until it all struck again. In 2018 she started getting sick more frequently. We lost count how many times she was in the hospital in 2018 and 2019. She always fought hard with everything she had.
In April of 2019 Jenifer was finally diagnosed with Lupus. Her last stay in the hospital started on October 13, 2019 and that stay lasted 58 days. She was on a ventilator the entire time she was in the hospital. Lupus was attacking her lungs, kidneys, brain and blood. While in the hospital she had 4 strokes, received countless blood transfusions and several sessions of plasmapheresis. Jenifer lost the fight with Lupus on the morning of December 10, 2019. Jenifer never had the opportunity to fight Lupus sooner because it took too long to diagnose.
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