It is that time of year when I start to raise money for the San Francisco Lupus Walk. This year my goal is to raise $7,500.
As many of you know, I have been battling lupus for the last 14 years of my life.
When I was first diagnosed things were pretty much fine apart from the occasional aches and pains. But a few years ago things took a turn for the worse and I nearly died. During that time I suffered from a bout of transverse myelitis that affected my spinal cord causing permanent nerve damage to my lower half. I also spent a good amount of time in the hospital with severe brain seizures. All of this ended with me having chemotherapy to get the disease under control. Since then I have been fighting on a daily basis to recover from all of the damage that has happened to my body.
Every single day I am reminded of how much lupus affects my life – from extreme fatigue, difficulty remembering things, being in chronic pain or taking enough medications to kill a small elephant. Lupus is something I have to live with because there is no cure. And that sucks.
I really hope that you’ll consider donating any amount to help find a cure for this awful disease. It is oftentimes overlooked for other causes with more prestige, but it is no less important or devastating for those of us who are suffering a life sentence with it.
I am blessed to have had the support of my amazing friends and family who make me smile on the worst days and keep me going. Thank you so much for being here for me. I love you all!Donate Now
Update as of October 17th: We are #1 so far. Keep up the great work, Team Lupies and all of you who donated to the cause.