Amber, at 16 yrs.old , was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, referred to as SLE or Lupus, is sometimes called the "great imitator." Why? Because of its wide range of symptoms, people often confuse lupus with other health problems. Lupus affects mainly the joints, kidneys and skin. It can range from mild to serious. Lupus is a chronic (long-term) disease that causes inflammation — pain and swelling. It can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system and other organs of the body. Most patients feel fatigue and have rashes, arthritis (painful and swollen joints) and fever.
Lupus flares (meaning symptoms are active) vary from mild to serious. Most patients have flares, followed by times when the disease is mostly quiet — referred to as a re
Amber was a very active teen. She was in gymnastics, softball and cheer-leading at MHS. She began complaining about aches and pains but thought nothing of it. What a few aches and pains to an athlete. Until she developed a rash on her face and chest. Red Flags went up. It wasn't long til the doctors said SLE!! Due to the illness and her immune system she had to drop out of everything. Her immune system was so low at this point her doctors didn't want her in 'general population' so from high school to home school, from very athletic to unable to participate.
Now to fast forward…..
Amber is now 22yrs old and has had several close calls with her kidneys. In November of 2011 she gave birth to her true love, Adam Cain Ethredge. She spent most of her pregnancy in the hospital due to renal failure and a host of other complications. But Cain was born Nov 15th VERY healthy. Praise God. She has recently been diagnosed with Osteoporosis and Osteonecrosis of the hip. Today she is doing well but tomorrow could be a different story..Amber is on SSI due to her health. She only receives $693.00 a month. So you can only imagine how hard it is to live of that with her condition and a Miracle baby name Cain to raise. All donations will help with treatments, medications and care for Cain. I u don't understand or know about lupus please check out this link http://www.inspire.com/groups/stop-sarcoidosis/discussion/the-spoon-theory-read-this-youll-be-glad-you-did/
The medication Amber takes per month is very expensive. Even with her insurance she still pays out a large amount of her monthly income on medications. If she does get sick they usually end up placing her on something new which takes a couple of months to get approved so at those times she is paying full price for medication that cost 2 and 3 hundred dollars...Paying for childcare for Cain because Amber is in the hospital for 2-3 weeks at a time... those are the times when she needs help..Those are the times we are trying to prepare for with this benefit...So instead of having to skip a power bill, or run out of diapers and milk she will have a fund to help supplement her income during those times of need. She has just recently been Diagnosed with colon cancer and is now having to take chemo and cytoxin treatments.Please Keep Amber, Cain and her mom, Tracie, in ur prayers.