Josie: A Lupus warrior
Organized by: Maria Herrera
October 14, 2016
So here is the story.
Josie is 25 and has been battling systemic lupus for almost 6 years. She was diagnosed July of 2011 but, she had started having symptoms earlier that year. After multiple hospitalizations she was finally diagnosed. She was in ICU for about a week and was told that it was a miracle that she was even able to walk into the hospital since she had such a low white blood cell count. She stayed out of the hospital for a few months and then a pattern started. Bad weather meant strong pains (rheumatoid arthritis). Kidney failure at the age of 19 which means dialysis, which also means little to no social life. Infections would show up and disappear with no actual infection. Her body pretends to be failing but when tests are run that's when doctors determine that her lupus is to blame for the ghost infection. Now she has a low immune system and infection comes so easily and often that her body has become immune to most antibiotics. She shouldn't have to be in and out of the hospital or rehabilitation/ nursing homes for 1-2 months at a time at the age of 25 but unfortunately that is what she has had to go through this past year. Her story is much longer but that would take days to explain so long story short doctors are now saying we need to prepare by putting her on hospice and that only means one thing, a waiting game against time. She has gotten some good news. Her white blood cell count is slowly but surly going up. But any day can be her last and our family is not prepared thus this fundraiser.
I thank you for reading my sisters shortened story. Your time is appreciated and sharing her story is appreciated just as much.