Today is World Lupus day!
What is Lupus? Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that leads to inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ in the body, including the heart, lungs, brain, blood, kidneys, joints or skin. My mother and I have Lupus, I was diagnosed in 1991 when I was just 16 years old and my mother was diagnosed in 2004. Since then we have both had kidney transplants because lupus damaged that organ for both of us. My brother gave me one of his kidneys, he is known as a living-donor (and my living angel) and my mother received a kidney from a deceased-donor, known as cadaveric. We are thankful for both living donors and people that register to be donors at their time of death.
On April 28th our family in Atlanta, GA decided to join the “Walk For Lupus 2012”. Here are a few pictures of them on that day. Thank you Sam, Lori, Brittany & Cesar! We love you and love that you care.