Dear Family & Friends,
I want to invite you to join me in my fight against Lupus. This annual event has changed my life. When my brother created Team Jeanne in 2002 I was living a very different life then the one I lead today. I was undergoing chemotherapy treatments on a regular basis. I was continually in and out of the hospital. I was in horrible pain most days. My body, brain and spirit were exhausted. So what changed? The single biggest factor to getting me to where I am right now, TEAM JEANNE!!! Team Jeanne inspired and motivated me to GET UP, GET MOVING, & GET HEALTHY! When I attended my first Loop I was overwhelmed with how many people gave of themselves in so many ways in my name. You all pay your registration fees (giving of your wallet), go out and ask for donations (giving of your time), wake up early on a Sunday (giving of your rest), and you come out and run, work or cheer in unpredictable weather (blizzard/hurricane). Everyone comes with smiles on their faces and sneakers on their feet. In 2007 it hit me, RUN and FINISH the Lupus Loop with my team. This motivated me to talk with my doctors and start running again (1999 Doctors told me no more running). I started slow learning not only to run but to listen to my body instead of fearing it. My doctors were astonished with the improvements in my health. My depression virtually disappeared and I started living life instead of dreaming about it from a hospital bed. My health improved so much that Noah joined our lives in 2009 (2001 doctors told me children were not in my future). He is healthy and happy... plus he joins me on my jogs (in his stroller for now). Fast forward to 2012 with the addition of Joshua my second healthy pregnancy and little boy. If it was not for the Lupus Loop and Team Jeanne I do not even want to think of how my life would be different today. Thank you and see you at the finish line!
To learn more information about lupus and the LFA please visit www.lupustristate.org.
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