September 15, 2015 seemed like any ordinary day. But that was the day my life changed forever. The day I heard the words "You have Lupus". Along with that was Sjogren's Syndrome and Raynaud's Syndrome. Even though it answered a lot of questions, it knocked me off my feet. I knew very little about this disease except I knew two people who had it and they both died. All I could think of was chronic pain and sickness and all the things I had to give up. Most importantly, the sun! My life would never be the same. I saw this as a death sentence. My own immune system is trying to kill me!
I went through all five stages of grief. When I finally got to the fifth stage-acceptance, I realized "the best defense is a good offense". I knew it was time to fight. Both for myself and my family-the people who love and count on me.This disease will NOT break me! I also fight for others who can't fight for themselves. I count my blessings. I consider myself lucky. My organs are still healthy and I am mobile. I have an amazing support system! I am a Lupus Warrior!
The only thing strong enough to kick my butt is me.
Join me and discover the power you have to help end lupus! I’m taking part in the 27th Annual Lupus Loop 5K Run and 2.5 Mile Walk to End Lupus Now® on October 28th in Philadelphia.
The money I raise helps sustain the support programs and services of the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter that help the more than 48,000 individuals living with the challenges of lupus in the Tri-State area.
You can 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.
Please support me in my fundraising efforts for the 27th Annual Lupus Loop! All donations are 100% tax deductible. Please click on "Support Me!" to make an online donation. Thank you!