Why I Walk: Jerolda Jones
Walking for a Cure
2016 was life changing for my family. I was diagnosed with Lupus in April. I finally had an explanation for all of the things I was experiencing. I had a diagnosis to share with my family members, but no explanation for a cure. It is difficult to know what the problem is and not be able to solve it. Trying to explain to others why you may look fine on the outside, but your immune system is attacking itself daily on the inside. It is easy for others to perceive you as moody, angry, or lazy.
I try to live my life as I would prior to my diagnosis. Some days are easier than others. You begin go through physical and emotional ups and downs, all while trying to figure out why this is happening. Lupus takes a toll on your body and mind. Aches, fever, dry mouth, rashes, and fatigue can happen at any time. Lupus affects every aspect of your life.
My husband and children try their hardest to keep me grounded. They encourage me to live healthy and try to keep a normal routine. My children motivate me to keep fighting and be optimistic about finding a cure. Walking for Lupus is a family affair. Lupus has encompassed all of our lives. Though it all I continue to remain humble and optimistic that a cure will be found. I take the time to educate others about my auto immune disease. I refuse to let Lupus define me as a person. Some days are easier than others, but I take it one day at a time.