This Saturday, May 3, 2014, Forest and I are participating in the Lupus Foundation of America’s ‘Walk to End Lupus Now’ in NYC. Walk to End Lupus Now™ events provide all people affected by lupus the opportunity to come together for one unified purpose – to end lupus.
Most people are unfamiliar with, or have never even heard of, lupus. Someone I love is affected by the disease and I know next-to-nothing about it.
The following is taken from the Lupus Foundation of America’s Understanding Lupus page:
What is lupus?
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.
In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.
Lupus is also a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better).
As I stated above, someone I love is affected by this disease. That person is my mom. She is the strongest woman I know and never complains about her aches and pains. So this Saturday we are walking for her! We are walking to find a cure for this terrible, unknown disease. When I hear something about Lupus two thoughts come to mind – 1. my mom because she is the only person I know that has Lupus and 2. The the tv show House, M.D. because there were several episodes that they thought the medical mystery was Lupus and it never was and finally, after several seasons of the diagnosis not being Lupus, it was finally Lupus! If House, M.D. had trouble diagnosing this disease, can you imagine how difficult it is for every other doctor out there?
If you would like to make a donation toward our fundraising goals, please click on the links below, then click on the link to donate and complete the donation process. Making a difference starts with one step. Thank you for taking that step!
Also! May is Lupus Awareness Month! Don’t forget to POP – Put On Purple – May 16, 2014 to show your support and raise awareness for Lupus! Find out more information here.
Until next time — Cindy