I was diagnosed with lupus after seven months of testing. I consider myself lucky to be diagnosed that fast. For many people it takes years, sometimes decades, to be diagnosed.
I can’t imagine waiting years to find out what was wrong with me. Years of pain and extreme fatigue, memory problems and headaches, rashes and fevers, sadness and frustration. My heart goes out to those who must wait that long. Lupus is difficult to diagnose. There is no single blood test, and its symptoms mimic those of other diseases.
While the medical community has made great strides in the diagnosis and treatment of lupus, there is more work to be done. That's why I'm joining the Walk to End Lupus Now. I'm walking for progress. I'm walking to raise funds for research to develop effective diagnostic tools, better medicines, and hopefully a cure.
Will you help me?
Will you make a donation to help me reach my personal fundraising goal of $1,500? I am participating in the Foundation's Walk to End Lupus Now in Kansas City on September 15. Any contribution can make an 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!