I’m Walking to End Lupus. Join Me?
Imagine a day when doctors can say, “There is a cure for lupus.” Until that day though, there is work to be done. That’s why I’m taking action in the fight against lupus. Join me as I participate in Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now™ in Atlanta 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 $25 or $50 can make a definite impact. What’s more, if your employer offers a Matching Gift Program to employees, you may be able to double your contribution with just a little bit of paperwork. Trust me, it’s worth the effort!
I was diagnosed in 2001 with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. It can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs. Although there is no identified cause, SLE is much more common in women than men. It appears most often in people between the ages of 10 and 50; and typically African Americans and Asians are affected more often than people from other races.
With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been an extra concern for people with lupus. There are now uncertainties around the availability of immunosuppressant drugs such as hydroxycholoroquine (Plaequenil) that helps lupus patients by making their immune systems less active. Although, the lupus symptoms vary from one person to the next, Plaequenil has been used to help with the symptoms. Personally, I experience joint pain and swelling and other symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The joints in my fingers, hands, wrists, and ankles are often affected with swelling and the medicines help.
I am no longer taking Plaequenil and am currently taking other medicines that help me tremendously. Praise God, I have been in remission since 2008. Nonetheless, I am not deceived, the disease is simply sleeping for now. Help me keep it there. Wouldn’t it be a blessing if a cure is found during my lifetime! Help me win the fight against lupus, now!
Thank you for your generosity!