Dear Friends and Family,
My sister, Alice Walker, was diagnosed with Lupus 7 years ago.
She has been employed at Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center for over 25 years. Alice is a mother and grandmother. Upon arriving at work one morning, a co-worker noticed that she had difficulty speaking. She was sent to the Emergency Department where it was determined that she had suffered multiple strokes.
I had recently moved to California and decided to visit home one weekend to surprise her. Upon my arrival, she had flat lined from internal bleeding. Thankfully, her co-worker found her after completing her over night shift. Multiple resuscitations and blood transfusions later, she was finally stable enough for surgery.
Alice had 3 surgeries over 2 days. The surgeon successfully stopped the bleeding in her liver. She was placed into a drug-induced coma for 4 days. As her health care proxy, I was closely involved with her treatment plan, and witnessed the extraordinary effort to keep her alive.
After an extended stay at BIDMC, she was released to rehab where she had to re-learn how to do every day tasks that most people take for granted, such as walking, eating, getting in the car, and washing dishes.
Words cannot describe how truly incredible and determined the health care professionals are at BIDMC. Alice’s medical team and co-workers all played a vital role in saving her life.
Lupus is a chronic condition that affects the auto immune system. Approximately 1.5 million Americans are currently living with Lupus. There are 16,000 new cases diagnosed every year. The majority of people who suffer from this condition are women of color between the ages of 15-44. While Alice has fully recovered from her stroke, she still battles this illness everyday.
I will be running the Boston Marathon 2018 for BIDMC to support the hospital that saved my sisters life and help further research for Lupus patients. A donation of any amount will be appreciated and make a difference.
Thanks for your support and encouragement.