WELCOME BACK, WOLFPACK!
That's right! Everyone's favorite time of year is here: when the weather gets crisper, the leave start to change, and Seth asks you for money to end lupus now.
For the uninitiated:
- 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.
My wife Valori was diagnosed with lupus in May 2018 after years of unexplainable medical issues. Since diagnosis, our lives have changed a lot. More pills, more doctors' appointments, but more understanding of what is going on and how to mitigate symptoms. Val's lupus is in a relatively calm place right now and has been for most of the pandemic (the mask wearing and ignoring all our friends has done wonders!). But others are not so lucky, and a lupus flare can pop up at any time, without notice, and seemingly for any reason.
The Lupus Walk is virtual again this year because so many lupies are on immunosuppressant drugs and should not be in large crowds at this time. Please consider walking with Val and me, virtually, on October 16, 2021.
Please also consider donating to this group's donation page so that you can be part of the solution to end lupus now. With each donation, we are one step closer to finding a cure for lupus. Plus, if I fundraise to a certain threshhold, I get a dope medal! Donate, won't you?