Atlanta 2011 Walk For Lupus

11 Feb

At the age of 50 my grandmother was diagnosed with Lupus. In those days Lupus was a fairly unknown disease where most of the medication was experimental, and why she went undiagnosed for so long. But this story is not of a sad one, she was strong and still lived a full life, she lived with Lupus until the age of 74! What a blessing! Even with inflammation and other complications she still found time to bring sunshine to everyone’s lives especially mine.  Despite Lupus my grandmother still found time to help others, and my mission in life is to do the same. That is why we walk.

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.

Join Me: And The City Socialite Publication for a walk in the park (Piedmont Park Park on April 30, 2011.) To Register or donate visit: lupuswalkatlanta.kintera.org and click “sponsor walker” and enter Natasha or Charlotte Jackson.

Questions? 404.200.4160


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