More than one year ago, Friday, March 13, 2015 proved to be bitter-sweet. Like many caregivers and family members of loved ones with Lupus, our faith was destined to align with our mother’s heavenly call, a will that was not our heart’s desire. It was this day the bitter taste of grief entered our lives and the sweetest celebration of a new body without constant pain would help mend our broken hearts.
Deborah Simmons Richardson battled with both Systemic and Discoid Lupus Erythematosus, as well as Rheumatoid Arthritis for more than 15 years. As many “Lupies” know, every day and every week was filled with excruciating pain, indescribable fatigue, uncontrollable fog occurrences that were often mistaken bipolar disorder, countless medications, and back-to-back appointments, namely a few. Nevertheless, our mother continued to trust and demonstrate great faith, serve and show compassion towards others, and left an imprint of love to everyone who encountered her. She struggled with the attack against her body and embraced unexpected victories, admitted and discharged beyond count, lost her hair, mobility, and independence, and became a supernatural miracle, living years beyond her 24-hours fatal deadline in December 2012. In spite of it all, she never complained. “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but ‘Deborah’ surpassed them all (Proverbs 31:29).” She was hope and YOU are hope!
As we Walk to End LU?US Now across this nation, let us remember Deborah and all the Lupus warriors who are now angels and honor the millions of Lupus survivors who are still courageously fighting! Let us join together in unity and with tremendous hope to spread awareness about the devastating illness of LU?US. Sure, it is puzzling now, but we can speak with confidence that our voices will help complete the puzzle that baffles us all. To Lupies including our sweet Mama, gone and never forgotten, and who are fighting with all you might, YOU are not only hope, YOU are heroic!
I’m Walking to End Lupus. Please 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 [city] 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 $55 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! 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 in advance for your generosity!