If you've ever watched the show House, you know the diagnosis is never lupus.
But for an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States, the diagnosis was exactly that. Lupus can be a very confusing disease because the symptoms range from none to severe including pain, extreme fatigue, hair loss, cognitive issues, physical impairments, cardiovascular disease, strokes, and rashes. The fact that the symptoms of lupus are not clearly defined may contribute to the reason why 63% of Americans surveyed know little or nothing about this disease. Here are a few facts to help grow your understanding:
I started this team in support of a soul sister who was diagnosed with lupus in our senior year of college (2013). It took the entire school year to reach a diagnosis and longer still to settle into a treatment routine and get the disease under control. Today, she continues regular treatments and is preparing to face the challenges that lupus will pose with pregnancy.
I have seen firsthand the impact that this disease has so I am walking and raising money to support the Foundation's efforts to:
I would love for you to join me, either on foot or by making a secure contribution on the walk page! If you'd like more information on lupus or the Walk to End Lupus Now in South Florida, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org