There is still time to register for Chicago Lupus Walk 2018

There is still time to register for Chicago Lupus Walk 2018

The Lupus Society of Illinois is hosting its annual Chicago Lupus Walk Sunday, September 23, 2018. It's from 9am-12 noon and will be located at Lincoln Park near Stockton Drive and LaSalle, across from the Chicago History Museum parking lot.

As a lupus sufferer and survivor, I have had the pleasure of participating at this event on numerous occasions. For one, it was important for me to connect with others going through the same thing I was experiencing when I was newly diagnosed.

More importantly, participating in this event raises funds for the Lupus Society of Illinois, in order for them to continue to help lupus sufferers obtain the services they need. Most patients cannot afford medications and other extensive care that lupus requires.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks itself. Instead of the immune system fighting off invaders that would cause inflammation and infection, it does the opposite in a person with lupus.

Women more than men are affected and there are various cases of lupus. Systemic lupus affects internal and external organ systems, Discoid lupus affects the skin, and there are cases where there is drug-induced lupus.

Lupus remains a mystery and is commonly called "The Great Mimicker" because you think you have one thing when it's another. The symptoms you have such as achy joints and muscles you may attribute to just plain arthritis may be lupus related.

Spreading lupus awareness is so important because it's one of those diseases that is silent. Lupus may not be as prominent as breast cancer but deserves the same attention because of its chronic nature.

It took years to diagnose when I first became ill in 1999. It wasn't until 2004 that I was given the official label of SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus). Since then, I've had several flare ups and hospitalizations, even this year.

Now, thanks to research, the lupus antibody is easier to detect. The most common symptom complaint are achy joints and muscles, or chronic fatigue. A simple blood test from your doctor can let you know right away if you have lupus.

Getting back to the Chicago Lupus Walk, it truly is a fun event. People come out to walk for themselves or for a loved one with lupus. There is music, fun, and games and things to do for children. Participating is also a great way to meet new people.

Please register online here or in person. For more information, please contact Mary Dollear at (312) 542-0002.

Hope to see you there!

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