Thirty-One Faces of Hope: LaToya Doby-Holmes
The lupus community includes people living with lupus, friends, family and supporters across Georgia. For Lupus Awareness Month, we would like to highlight some of our lupus heroes and champions.
LaToya Doby-Holmes, LFA, GA Board Member and Augusta Walk Chair
My journey with lupus has not been easy. I have been living with lupus over half of my adult life. This disease was unknown to me. In the beginning I was depressed and felt despairing because my knowledge was limited and all I knew was there was no cure and I was in constant pain. After getting over the shock of my diagnosis, I started to educate and take care of myself so I could manage my pain and live with lupus. I have experienced every symptom associated with lupus; hair loss, fatigue, joint and body pain, memory loss, skin rashes, weight gain, headaches and sensitivity to light. Lupus has affected my skin, lungs and kidneys. The Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter has supported me and many others with our fight. They have taught me how to be advocate!
I share my story to encourage others with lupus. We can make lupus visible by raising awareness and educating friends, family and others about lupus and it’s affects. Despite my challenges with lupus, I have realized that I am a “Lupie Warrior.” I am so honored and humbled by the love and support of my family and friends. They motivate and inspire me daily to keep fighting. This will be my second year as the Walk Chair for the Augusta Walk to End Lupus Now and I hope that you will join me in Augusta to raise awareness and funds to combat lupus.
- LaToya Doby-Holmes