I am Walking to End Lupus. Join Me?
I will be participating in the Walk to End Lupus Now event in our community to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter this year.
I was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 16, but lived with lupus 8 years prior. Many people living with lupus take immune suppressant drugs to manage the diseas activity. I am currently on 2 of those drugs and a third to treat another autoimmune disease. Because of my suppressed immune system, I catch infections. In the last 2.5 months, I have suffered from a bacteria that has ravaged my intensitnal tract. Over these weeks, I've lost 26 pounds. i've fainted 3 times. I went to the emergency room 5 times and I was admitted into the hospital twice.
Many of you know that I suffered from a infection that almost killed me in 2018. Infections are one of the leading causes of death in lupus. At that time, the infection got into my blood stream and I suffered from septic shock. After recovering from that infection, my lupus flared. I went back to work after 4 months of physical therapy. It took me another 6 months to return to my normal routine.
In addition to lupus, I have several other autoimmune conditions including Lupus Nephritis, Sjogren's Syndrome, Raynaud's phenomenon, Fibromyaglia, Veinous Insufficiency, and Hidradenitis Supertiva.
I am lucky that I can work. 60% of lupus patients are unable to work at some point in their life. 25% of lupus patients are on disability. As such, all patients need the resources provided by the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. This includes financial assistance, education programs, support groups, advocacy efforts, medical advocacy, prescription drug assistance, and other resources.
The Georgia Chapter has be integral in the fight for more drugs to fight lupus. Every year we go to the U.S. Capitol to ask Congress to give more money to lupus research. As a result of our efforts and the efforts of advocates around the country, three drugs have been approved in the last decade to teat lupus. Two of those drugs fight lupus in the kidneys or lupus nephritis which is one of the leading causes of death.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia works throughout the year to make change! Be a part of that change by joining me as I participate in Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now™ in Atlanta, Georgia and Columbus, Georgia to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.
Will you make a tax-deductible 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?
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Thank you for your generosity!