My personal reasons I raise lupus awareness:
Hi, my name is Chrissy and I have lupus. I am one of the better case scenarios as I have avoided any kidney or liver involvement. However, I have terrible stomach problems, oral health issues, severe fatigue, headaches, and the list goes on. My lupus symptoms have both progressively gotten worse and more symptoms arrive every year. I have a great support group, but it is small, as I have lost friends who were unable to understand, or unwilling. I think I am stronger each day, but I struggle trying not to be a drain on my family or society. I believe that if I advocate, bring awareness, and stay positive, I will get through this life I've been dealt with a really spectacular hand. Raising lupus awareness has become quite a passion, so besides participating in this walk, that is also why I have created the "Lupus Cloud" blog, Facebook page and other social networks. Please support my efforts by donating, making a pledge or joining my team, "Lupus Cloud."
Click this link (or copy and paste into your browser) to donate to my efforts: San Francisco Walk with Us 2013: Chrissy Derickson - Alliance for Lupus Research
Click this link (or copy and paste into your browser) to join our team: http://walk.lupusresearch.org/site/TR/WalkwithUs/Walk2013?pg=team&fr_id=3210&team_id=80320
*And remember you can join as a virtual walker if you'd like to help raise awareness and funds by making your own personal page. It is free to join. Every person who raises 150$ will receive a free t-shirt to commemorate the event.
*I will also give some sort of gift to each donor and Lupus Cloud Team member.
We chose to walk with ALR because: