I’m going to go out on a limb and say that pretty much everyone who reads this blog either has an autoimmune disease or knows someone who does (or has stumbled upon it because I often use song lyrics for blog titles. Oops.). That means we all know the effect arthritis or lupus or AS can have on people we care about, and most of us know how expensive and exhausting it can be just to feel normal. We know how many pills and shots and infusions we need to sometimes just tread water. And I think we can all agree that the most important thing would be a cure for all of these autoimmune diseases.
And—at least in my case—that’s why we walk. We pull our protesting bodies out of bed too early on a Saturday morning to walk 5K. We
harass ask our friends and families for funds. We write letters to the editor trying to raise community awareness.
Which brings me to my point: I am walking in the 9 April Raleigh, N.C., Walk to Cure Psoriasis. I would love to have more support. Here’s the email I sent out to friends and family:
I am asking for your help with a cause that means a lot to me: improving the lives of people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. In my efforts to make a difference, I am participating in the Walk to Cure Psoriasis.
I believe most people would be surprised and saddened by the impact of the disease and the lack of awareness about how difficult it is to live with. Psoriasis is more than a simple skin rash. It often can encompass major areas of the body and can even become debilitating.
As many as 30 percent of people who have psoriasis will also develop psoriatic arthritis, which is a very painful and potentially crippling form of arthritis. In addition to the skin condition, they have to deal with intense joint pain, swelling and other symptoms that limit their ability to carry out the routines of daily life.
More than 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, yet very little is being invested in public education or research for a cure. I am asking for your help. Through the Walk to Cure Psoriasis, we will bring in money to help find a cure and create public awareness about the disease.
Please support me by donating online or joining me on my walk. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Or, join in at a walk near you!