Fundraising to help find a cure for Lupus, All proceeds goes directly to Lupus Foundation in the Honor of Kiara T. Copeland. Lets keep Kiki alive by making everyone aware and support the Lupus Fd. Read Kiki story below.
My name is Kiara Copeland, and I'm a lupus survivor/ warrior. I was diagnosed at the age of 22 with symptoms ranging from water retention, muscle and joint pain and extreme fatigue. I am now 28 and each year a new symptom appears. I've had many many hospital treatments, and a couple of procedures and surgeries. I have no spleen, I have a tracheotomy as well as a colostomy, with all that has happen through out my early adult life I am still fighting and will continue to fight. The biggest damage lupus has done is the destruction of my lungs. I have irreversible damage which now causes me to use oxygen for the rest of my life. I have faith this is not a punishment from god but a way for him to use one of his strongest creations as a vessel to encourage while bringing awareness to such a silent disease and even maybe to make a health breakthrough phenomenon. I have a a supportive family which is extremely important while battling a chronic illness! Thank you for taking the time to read a bit of my story.
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. Lupus is unpredictable with symptoms coming and going, mimicking other illnesses and sometimes threatening major organs.
This unpredictability brings with it a host of emotional, psycho social and lifestyle issues. Living with Lupus explores these issues through the personal stories of New York City lupus patients.
Unfortunately, Ms. Kiara T Copeland passed away 5 months after writing this at the age if 28. 5 days shy of her 29th Birthday. She never had the chance to do her fundraiser and completely live out her dream, however in her short life she touched so many hearts and souls, ppl she never even met in person. She was loved by many. Her story must live on. One of her goals were to help find a cure for Lupus so no one would have to suffer like she did.
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