Please join Sherie Pearsall in her walk to end Lupus
Imagine my surprise in June of 2008 when as a FIT and FINE 37 year old, my doctor informed me that I had Lupus. How could that be? I was young, healthy, athletic, a mother and companion. I was working my dream job in law enforcement, extremely active in my church and my community and looking forward to longevity.
First of all, I knew nothing about Lupus and in my quest for information I began to conduct web searches on the disease. That was a bad idea because the realization of what I could possibly face was surreal and terrifying. Why; Because Lupus is unpredictable and incurable. I knew that for the rest of my life I was going have to deal with chronic symptoms and medicinal cocktails among other things.
You see, my journey with Lupus began long before my diagnosis in 2008. Now that I look back, I was experiencing Lupus symptoms as far back as 2005. It began with nagging pain in my elbows which didn’t seem like much considering I was an avid exerciser and one who always pushed my body to the limit. The pain then moved to my hands, knees and then my ankles. Still no concern for me though, as I figured I was getting older. However; I ignored these unexplainable health issues and considered them anomalies or just simply rationalized them away. After all, I was very busy and always on the go. And oh, the frequent nosebleeds, I self-diagnosed as allergies or the symptoms of my overheating during workouts, even though they didn’t always occur during my workouts. I simply pushed through the persistent aches, pains and exhaustion. These issues went unchecked for years because the symptoms never flared to the point where two and two actually equaled four, or Lupus.
Trips to my primary care physician became commonplace as the pain became more persistent and intense and the days of feeling wiped out became more frequent. Thank God for my PCP, who in knowing his patient knew that I was not a complainer and knew that his seeing me more than twice a year constituted a problem so he initiated a series of tests. Upon getting the results, he called me in and we high fived……..his exact words were, “In running your tests we were able to narrow it down to two markers, they were rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Congratulations, you have lupus!” Even though I didn’t know what lupus was a the time he and I both agreed that if I had a choice between it and RA (I knew what RA was) that we would choose lupus.
Fast forward to 2018, I am still here and thriving HOWEVER...there is still no cure for lupus and only one drug developed and approved by the FDA specifically to treat this disease. I have been fortunate to still be able to work and exercise however; others aren't so fortunate
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 Charlotte, NC to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.
Please join PEARSALL'S POUNDERS and 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? Your generous contribution can make a definite impact.
Just a few more facts about lupus:
- 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.
Please join me and together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus.