Magic City Post: Katie Held Wants You to Walk for Lupus Now
Monday, May 28, 2012
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Team Katie at Walk for Lupus Now Birmingham
When Katie Held tells someone that she has lupus the response is typically, “What is that?”
This is one reason why Held has been striving to raise awareness of the disease and to raise funds for its cure through the Walk for Lupus Now Birmingham event. The event is the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter’s largest fundraiser to support programs and services for lupus patients in Alabama. This year’s walk will take place Saturday, June 9 at Heardmont Park, located at 5452 Cahaba Valley Road.
May is Lupus Awareness Month, a great time for not only the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), but also for people like Held to educate others about the disease.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys. Held calls lupus an “invisible disease” because oftentimes there are few visible signs that a person with lupus is sick.
“It is a hard disease to have because everyone thinks you look fine, but you feel terrible,” Held said. “I try every day to smile through the pain and fatigue. Sometimes people have no idea I am having a bad day.”
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