I was diagnosed with lupus (SLE) when I was just 12 years old and have been telling my story to anyone who will listen ever since, over the last 21 years.
I went through three years of chemo while in high school and another round in 2009. I fought through many flares and am just coming out of my most serious 20 month flare up in which for the first time in my life I thought I would not make it.
However I continue to fight and raise awareness through various groups and events. I have my favorite event, “Leap for Lupus” coming up on August 17. I will be sky diving. All the money raised for this event goes directly to University of Washington Rheumatology Department for more auto-immune research and more specifically will be looking for a cure for lupus.
I got my Fight Like A Girl shirt earlier this year and I wear it often.
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