THE 7TH ANNUAL FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES
Flight of the Butterflies is a lupus awareness campaign sharing stories of the brave lupus warriors. Many don’t understand lupus until they hear the walk of a warrior. Flight of the Butterflies is dedicated to sharing those stories in May for lupus awareness month.
Flight of the Butterfly Sarah Gragg
I was diagnosed on February 4, 2019 two days after my 40th Birthday. I have been struggling with symptoms for almost 7 years. I was always exhausted no matter how much rest I got. I was told I was anemic and put on Iron. I was having chest pain, swollen Lymph nodes, Then I started getting painful rashes every time I would get in the sun even if I was only outside for 15 minutes. Then I would start getting really weak, dizzy, and nauseous. Then the full body aches would hit. I just felt like I had a flu that would never go away. My first diagnoses was Polymorphic Light Eruption. I was also struggling with endometriosis at that time and already had 3 surgeries from that. While working one night on an assembly line, I lost the feeling in 1 of my fingers and it turned white and then blue, and my toes also a few weeks later. So after seeing the doctor I was then diagnosed with Raynauds Phenomenon. I had constant fevers, and colds all the time. The Doctor thought that I might have lymphoma and had to have a needle biopsy, then a surgical biopsy to remove them. I was also diagnosed with Arthritis, and Sciatica. I was in constant pain, and frustration not knowing why or what was going on with my body.
I finally found a doctor who put it all together and did the right test to find I had had Lupus SLE all along after all these years. This disease can attack a different part of your body at anytime you just never know what to expect, and it can mimic so many other illnesses. I am on Prednisone and plaquenil daily to manage the symptoms which I am still experiencing flares and having to avoid Sun exposure which is the hardest part because I love outdoors and hiking. I am sharing my story in hopes of helping bring awareness and maybe someday they will find a cure for all of us struggling daily with autoimmune diseases like Lupus.
Lupus In Color is excited to present Sarah Gragg’s story to the world. As a Lupus Warrior he/she is actively promoting lupus awareness and wearing the armor of strength in doing so.
Lupus In Color Salutes you Sarah Gragg. YOU ARE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS, AMAZING and STRONG TO SHARE YOUR STORY.
YOUR BUTTERFLY WINGS ARE FLUTTERING, YOUR CHIN IS UP, YOUR ARMS ARE EXTENDED AND YOUR CHEST IS OUT! FLY ON BUTTERFLY!
PLEASE SHARE Sarah Gragg’s FLIGHT ON YOUR WALL AND START HER BUTTERFLY JOURNEY SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS!
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