Please support me in my fundraising efforts for the 26th Annual Lupus Loop! All donations are 100% tax deductible. Please click on "Support Me!" to make an online donation.
Proceeds from the Annual Lupus Loop 5K Run and 2.5 Mile Walk to End Lupus Now® benefit the support programs and services of the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter that help the more than 40,000 individuals living with the challenges of lupus in the Tri-State area. You will make a difference in the continued effort to find the causes of and cure for lupus through locally funded research and advocacy efforts.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). This disease can cause inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ system. Lupus is a disease of flares and remission – making life with lupus very unpredictable. It strikes mostly women of childbearing age; although women of all ages, as well as men and children, develop lupus. It is a life-threatening, life-diminishing disease.
As many of you are aware, I have had lupus for 26 years but was not properly diagnosed until I was 34. My symptoms started when I was 17 with swollen lymph nodes and chronic fatigue. In my 20s, I had plueritis and joint pain and in my 30s severe joint pain, fatigue and foggy brain. I have good days, bad days, and days in between. I live everyday, every hour, not knowing how my body is going to feel. Pain and fatigue are my norm and I have learned to accept this. Foggy brain; however, is very frustrating for me as I feel helpless. As you all know, asking for help is not easy for me! I have learned that living with lupus means to accept that I cannot change what is happening to my body but I can change how I choose to live with it. And I choose to LIVE my life to the fullest, for my husband, my boys and my friends and family. Lupus will NEVER define me, I just happen to be one of the 1.5 million Americans that have this disease.
Please consider supporting my fundraising efforts or even joining my team, Flare Fighters by visitng www.luousloop.org. You can search my by name or team name Flare Fighters. Thank you for your support!