Why I Walk : Na’Keevia Brown
Before being diagnosed with Lupus in June 2012, my joints and muscles ached so badly that I could barely get out of bed to tend to my three-year-old son. My face started to break out in rashes that I could not explain. I was extremely sensitivity to heat. I would get spots all over my body, followed by fatigue, whenever I would go out in the sun or take a hot shower. My hair started to thin out gradually and then began to fall out excessively. I eventually ended up shaving my hair off. To make things worse, I had to go through all of this own my own. I was living in Tampa at the time, while my family was in Miami. I had to figure out what was going on.
Eventually, I mustered up enough strength to go see the doctor. I was given the routine blood tests and an ANA test, which came back positive. The ANA test result was the final puzzle piece to helping me solve the mystery. The day I was diagnosed with Lupus was, shockingly, the best day ever! The diagnosis had put a stop to all my questions and concerns. The questions I had for over a year were finally answered. I could finally treat what was causing me so much pain.
Now living in Miami, I see a rheumatologist that assists me with my joint pain and a dermatologist that is helping me keep my rashes to a minimum and grow my hair back.
After having a major flare up back in March that left me in the hospital for about a month, I now try to keep my Lupus under control by taking my meds and eating healthy. Now, in August, I do what I am instructed to do in order to remain in good health for my son.
This year, I am getting more involved with the Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter. I am a team captain for the Walk to End Lupus Now in September at Jungle Island. I have formed a team of family, friends and co-workers who are walking to help me and all other Lupus victims find a cure to this mysterious disease. I know this will be a great opportunity for me to meet individuals just like myself. With the help of my doctor’s and the support from my family and friends, I have been able to keep a positive attitude about my life with lupus."