THE 8TH ANNUAL FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES
Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories
Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories 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, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is dedicated to sharing those stories in May for lupus awareness month.
Flight of the Butterfly Jackie Polk
Hi, my name is Jackie Polk and I have Lupus.I first heard about Lupus when my Mom was diagnosed with it and passed away from it when I was 19. Before she passed she made me promise to get tested every year for it. I did exactly that. Nothing showed up until I was 28 yrs old. Almost 6 months after I had my 1st child. I was scared and thought I was going to die like she did. I was a surgical technician so my world was shaken upside down when I was diagnosed. Luckily for me I was Blessed with a Loving and understanding husband. My boss was also very understanding and helped guided me to a good Rheumatologist to help me get my health in order. I had to change my job career due to this life changing disease but I choose to stay in the medical field so that I maybe able to help others in a different capacity. I worked in surgical, Ob/Gyn, Plastic, Front/Back office as a Medical Assistant, Home / Fire and Total Loss Insurance Claims.
I will be 50 years old in November and I feel like I still have so much more to offer/ give whether it is advice or support. Not to mention my daughter was also diagnosed with Lupus 2 years ago so it is very important to me that I am here to help her navigate through this thing called life. Lupus is not a death sentence and we will not claim it as such… My Family and Friends keep me grounded and help support me through the good and bad times. As I have gotten older I have offered my voice as an advocate to my Lupus Chapter to speak with our Congressmen and Senator to express the importance of disability to support those with this disease for both work and personal challenges. I would not change anything I have gone through because I am Grateful and truly Blessed. I do not look like all that I have been through but my journey is not over and I am looking forward for what’s to come. I will continue to push for better healthcare, better medicine options, better Coverage for those in the workforce and Disability for those that have been denied. I am a Lupus Warrior.
Lupus In Color is excited to present Jackie Polk’s story to the world. As a Lupus Warrior she is actively promoting lupus awareness and wearing the armor of strength in doing so.Lupus In Color Salutes you Jackie Polk . 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!FLY ON!
PLEASE SHARE Jackie Polk’s FLIGHT ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND START HER BUTTERFLY JOURNEY SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS!
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