This week on The Local Take I speak with Steve Evans, President and CEO of Lupus Foundation of America - Georgia Chapter. He shares that Lupus is an unpredictable and potentially fatal autoimmune disease that affects 55,000 Georgians, mostly women aged 18 - 45. He goes on to explain that the disease can impact anyone at any age including men and even teenagers. Like most disease's LUPUS impacts communities of color disproportionally. Evans shares that over 55,000 Georgians are impacted by the disease. Many Atlantans will join The Walk To End Lupus Now on April 21st at the Georgia State Stadium (the former Turner Field) . This event will raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of America - Georgia Chapter.
To register as an individual or start a team visit our website at lfaga.org.
I then speak with Joelle May and Adrienne Allende about their lives with Lupus. Both women have defied the odds and pronouncements of their coming demise. They have made peace with the disease live life on their own terms. Joelle share how she came to find out that she had Lupus. She is know as the "Lupus Diva" and shares her story across social media platforms. Adrienne explains that her life hasn't stopped despite the prognosis. She continues as an entrepreneur her company is Aces Custom Clothing.
For more information about Lupus Foundation of America-Georgia Chapter
For more information on the Lupus Diva