BENEFITING: LUPUS FOUNDATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
LET LUPUS PATIENTS KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE.
Imagine if you were suffering from a debilitating condition that very few people - including even doctors sometimes - seemed to know much about. Further, people around you often told you that you don't "look sick", despite your knowing that you have serious joint pain, exhaustion and maybe even being on a kidney transplant list. You know millions of people suffer from it, but you still felt alone because you didn't know anyone else going through the same thing.
If the above were your experience, you would more than likely have lupus.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body, and while it is often manageable, it can often be critical and debilitating (you can learn more at LFNC.org). The Lupus Buddy Program is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country that takes the peer-to-peer support model to a new level, allowing patients to be matched on disease and life experience criteria, enabling experienced patients to guide relatively new patients, as well as allowing new patients to bring new perspective. The program, already some 20 pairs strong, builds upon a Support Group model but is ideal for those who like to build a closer relationship and friendship in more private settings. It also allows patients who cannot attend a support group due to distance or disability to still count on someone who is going through the same thing.
We want lupus patients to know they are not alone, that there are others who are fighting and beating lupus daily, and that they can do it together with someone closely matched to them as part of their support network. So we - a small little office in San Jose, CA - are taking on a big challenge to bring it to patients all across the country. We think that's a pretty big deal. If you do too, come join us and donate to this campaign.
Learn more: http://www.lfnc.org/find-your-lupus-buddy.html