Hi all, my name is Khendi Joseph and this year I will be doing the Walk to End Lupus in Orlando. I'm hoping that you all will support me with donations or even join my team, but I figured the best way to do so is by giving you a little background on myself and why its so significant to me. If you supported me last year you've probably already read this but for those of you who haven't here goes nothing! :
My story goes as far back as I can remember. By the age of six, I had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I didn't fully understand what it had meant to have it back then, just that it was an "old people disease" and it caused a lot of pain, yet.. I pushed through. As time progressed and I've aged over the years, my list of diseases and way out syndromes have continued to grow. Eczema was always an issue, but it was never truly bad until I reached a point where I developed butterfly and discoid rashes that could no longer be hidden by clothing (because it had been on places like my face). I was continuously tested for multiple autoimmune diseases until I had finally been officially diagnosed with Systemic Lupus my junior year of high school. At this point, depression, stress, and anxiety became overbearing in my life. Many who know, or have met me would probably find these things hard to believe based off how I act. However, deep inside, my mind has constantly battled with handling the weight of balancing my health, school, and work, all while trying to maintain strong relationships and a social life. I know that despite all the medication given to me to balance out my immune system, I've only got worse over the years. Together I have Lupus, Arthritis, Sjogren's Syndrome, Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder, Raynauds Syndrome, Gastritis, Esophagitis, Vasculitis, and probably a few other things I forgot. There have been days where I've stuggled to walk or even dress myself. The worst point had been when I couldn't eat, and despite my hunger I threw everything up and lost a little over 30 pounds just over the summer. I'm not asking for your sympathy, and I really didn't try to make this a sob story, just thought it might help for you to know a little about my experiences so you'd be willing to support me. Every little penny counts... also, feel free to join my team, we can all walk together! :)
I’m Walking to End Lupus. Join Me?
Join me as I participate in Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now™ in Orlando to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.
Will you make a donation 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 $5 or $10 can make a definite impact. 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.
- Only one drug has ever been developed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration specifically to treat the disease.
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Thank you for your generosity!