Eight years ago, Buffie Purselle became severely ill. In the blink of an eye, Buffie’s bubbly personality that her friends knew and loved seemed to disappear. She was overcome with chronic fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, mouth sores and hair loss. Physicians were at a loss for what was causing her symptoms.
After a year of testing, Buffie was diagnosed with Graves Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), but Buffie was still not feeling like herself – her symptoms worsened and even more appeared. In 2013, Buffie was finally diagnosed with lupus.
“Being diagnosed with lupus changed by life,” shared Buffie. “It caused me to sit out on activities I loved and I lost friends – people stopped inviting me to outings because I was known to cancel last minute. People can’t understand what they can’t see – you can’t see my fatigue, my joint pain.”
Buffie is a serial entrepreneur with over twenty years of expertise in the financial industry and is a third-generation tax practitioner. Buffie joined Bravo’s Married to Medicine this year and has shared openly about how lupus has changed her life.
This year, Buffie is also joining forces with the Lupus Foundation of America as an Ambassador where she will support initiatives to raise awareness and funds for lupus research. She hopes to use her platform and voice to raise lupus awareness so no lupus warrior has to suffer in silence, and raise funds so we can find a cure.
On March 15 – 17 Buffie will be joining lupus advocates from across the country at the 2020 National Lupus Advocacy Summit. “Attending the Summit is very important to me. I’m looking forward to meeting other lupus warriors, hearing their stories and doing whatever it takes to encourage Congress to increase funding for lupus research and education programs,” shared Buffie.
By making a donation today you are joining Buffine on her fight against lupus!