LESLIE GUIDRY'S PERSONAL STORY
** Please Join Me... Walk With Me to End Lupus.**
Are you familiar with Lupus (SLE or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)? Lupus is a very mysterious and misunderstood Autoimmune Disease. It strikes without warning, affects every person differently, and has no known cause or cure. It's symptoms can be severe and highly unpredictable... damaging any organ or tissue in its way... skin, joints, heart, liver, lungs, eyes, gastrointestinal tract, blood, brain, heart or kidneys. YES, every organ! Due to the inflammation, it can be incredibly painful... crippling and even deadly. Personally when I hear of organs failing, I was told that it t is often the kidneys because the kidneys have a thinner lining and cannot take what other organs do.
YOU KNOW SOMEONE WITH LUPUS! ME! As a survivor fighting it daily, I ask for your help. We need education & more treatment options. We need a cure! In Jan.2009, I started having excruciating & radiating pain in my arms (bilateral... elbows to wrists). It wasn't until Sept.2014 that I was finally diagnosed. I have an extremely high pain tolerance, yet in 2018 I had numerous medical procedures for pain, including steroid injections, nerve blocks, and even a Spinal Cord Stimulator was implanted in late September (blocks pain signal to the brain). So far in 2019... I had a Morphine Pain Pump trial, Pain Pump Implantation (23Apr19) and due to some complications after surgery, I had a Blood Patch yesterday. With the Pain Pump Surgery, the pump leads are implanted and pain medication is dessiminated directly into my spinal cord fluid. This is done to hopefully decrease my pain by 25% AND protect my organs from damage due to medications. ... DAILY PAIN IS DRAINING!
NOTE: It takes 5-7yrs, on average, for diagnosis because this disease mimics so many other diseases. Without a timely diagnosis, Lupus has the potential to damage any and every organ in its path.
THOSE OF YOU WHO TRULY KNOW ME KNOW THAT I WILL NOT LET LUPUS STOP ME! Lupus may slow me down, but it will not stop me. I am a fighter. … I am taking action to fight Lupus. PLEASE JOIN ME as I participate in Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now, 5k Run & Yoga - Houston to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with Lupus in the United States.
FOLLOW THE LINK ATTACHED & JOIN MY TEAM... Leslie Guidry's Wolf Pack.
(OR search for the team name on the Gulf Coast Lupus Foundation Site).
PLEASE SUPPORT ME, BY MAKING A DONATION OF ANY SIZE, TO HELP ME REACH MY PERSONAL FUNDRAISING GOAL? This will help to improve the quality of life for all people affected by Lupus. Any amount can make a definite impact.
DOES YOU EMPLOYER OFFER A "MATCHING GIFT PROGRAM" TO EMPLOYEES? This may help to double your donation very quick & with little additional steps.
• Only ONE drug has ever been developed & approved by the US Food and Drug Administration specifically to treat the disease... Benlysta.
• In the US, lupus is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and ... CLAIMING MORE LIVES than colorectal, prostate and breast cancers COMBINED!
• Lupus affects more people than AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebal Palsy & Cystic Fibrosis COMBINED!
• Only 31% of adults with Lupus are able to work full time.
• Women of color are at an even higher risk.
• While Lupus can strike anyone at any time or age, 90% of people living with lupus are women.
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of Lupus. Thank you for your generosity!