Anyone done a walk for Lupus?

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Candii
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   Posted 8/31/2007 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a walk for Lupus in Cleveland in September and I am thinking about trying it. Has anyone done one of these? What is it like??? It's 5K which for me it might as well be to the moon and back. LOL. But I thought I would try. My husband is all for it too. I just have never walked that far. And it's a good way to raise money for research.
 
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   Posted 8/31/2007 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitty . . . there is another string about Lupus walks/marathons . .. I'll bump it up for you. I live a half hour east of Cleveland . . . hmmmmm. I would love to try the walk it . . . sounds like about 3 miles . . . I could do that, but I'd pay for it. What I would cringe at doing is the fundraising . . . I've been trying to get sponsors for a Lupus Marathon (my son is running for Lupus in the Chicago Marathon on Oct 7) but have not been able to get sponsors. *sigh* http://www.firstgiving.com/schedler

I'll bump up that string.

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   Posted 8/31/2007 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I walked in one last September, 3 miles.  There is another one on Sep 23 in Naperville, IL and I will also walk in that one.
 
It was very successful last year which was the first time.  Chicago also has a walk but we are already ahead of them collecting money.
 
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Gagirl1
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   Posted 8/31/2007 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Kitty,

If you have never been to a walk, I encourage you to go! Walk whatever you can or just take it all in!  We just had a walk in Atlanta and it was a beautiful day and event. Patients walking, their families/friends, volunteers, participants, vendors that gave, etc. I walked, but it was only a mile and I pushed to do it on that particular day. I had overdone the prior weeks. I had some supporters that did not attend but it meant the world just the same. My parents checked in walkers and served popcorn. I was overwhelmed with joy. I am glad to hear that your husband wants to go as well! Hope you have a great day.

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   Posted 9/1/2007 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
There is one coming up in Iowa this fall and one of our members (IAlupus) is trying to get a team organized. I haven't gotten back to her yet, but it's something I'd really like to do. I think it's the first one in Iowa. I think ours is 2 miles which will be hard for me, but I'd like to give it a try. It would be something my whole family could do. It's sad that I'm worried about being able to walk two miles when I used to run half marathons.
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Gagirl1
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   Posted 9/1/2007 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah  At times, I was so tired and sick that weeks turned into months of house/bedrest. My muscles had atrophy and I was so out of shape. My doctor told me to just walk to the street and back to start with. It just takes time. You have some time to start walking just a little at a time and who knows? You just might make a mile or even two. The walks are not usually timed and it should be really laid back. At our walk in April, some patients were in wheelchairs and had people behind them pushing. It was an inspirational day and better than I thought it would be.

It's tough when you look back a reflect on what you used to be or even what you could have been, but for Lupus and Sjogrens. I really encourage you to go and enjoy the day with your family. I did a walk for the first time this year and it was amazing to see parents and other families dealing with so much, but taking time out to participate. It really helped my parents to be around others with loved ones struggling. Our walks in the past did not have many people and I did not know about them until this year. Your walk might be small for a first walk, but important all the same. It's fall and it won't be so hot.

I have never been able to run, but I enjoy light hand weights at home, the gym, Bodyflow classes and walking on the treadmill. Sometimes I go in there crawling and stay a few minutes just for effort and most days it is just getting started and then I am always glad that I went. I have terrible osteoporosis and much muscle loss from inactivity and steriod use for nine years. I needed Forteo a daily shot for the osteo. and I begged my doctor to let me try a program again with Fosamax. I am starting to see results and that is a huge bonus! I had always enjoyed excercise in the past and I trust you did as well if you ran half marathons! Wow.

If you just can't walk, maybe just go and take a picnic. Don't forget to take pictures! Enjoy the day.

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   Posted 9/1/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Gagirl for the words of encouragement. The more I hear about the walks, the more enthusiastic I feel. I know we'll be taking it easy because my daughter wants to go and she's only 5 and my 9 year old son has arhtritis, so he moves slow too. I am going to try to start taking short walks next week. I know I've lost a lot of muscle and then on top of that I have gained a tremendous amount of weight.

Thanks for mentioning the camera - I don't think I would have thought to bring one. I'm going to ask my mom if she wants to come too and also ask my close friend and her kids if they want to come along too. It would be neat to have my husband and kids and others with me who have been so supportive through this whole thing. It is scheduled for October, so it should be nice and cool. I'm excited now :)
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Candii
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   Posted 9/1/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Alwaysrosie, I live 40 minutes from Cleveland. If you decide to walk let me know. I would love to meet you. I think what is so hard for me is that I have not had the guts to go to a support group yet and meet others with Lupus. I really need to. To meet other people with lupus in person will be very emotional for me. My husband and I are going to walk together. I hope your son does great with his marathon. My husband and I wish him lots of luck. It's wonderful he's running. You are very blessed to have a supportive son.

Bill have a great time in you walk. That is great on how much you have been able to raise.

Gagirl, thankyou for the reminder about the camera. And all of your advice is great. I'm so glad that your seeing good results from Fosamax and you can exercise again. YEA!!! I was nervous about the walk and didn't think about just enjoying the day. I used to be thin and such a work out type of person. I guess my old attitude is still here. It's like ok 3 miles how fast can I get it done. I don't have to do that. I can just walk at my own pace and enjoy the day.

hippimom, I know exactly what you mean about running marathons. I used to be so active and I loved to walk miles and miles. Now I get tired going from the car to the house. I have been taking short walks getting ready for the walk. I really want to participate. Sorry to hear that your son has arthritis. Mine has mild CP and autism. And we are trying to decide if he will walk or pull him in a wagon. His legs get tired. Now I feel really enthusiastic too. I think this walk will be really good for me and my family. It feels so emotional.

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE SUPPORT!

kitty


Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 1992, Restless leg syndrome 1998, SVT tachycardia/Arrythmia '06 (gone after ablation 07), SLE '07, Raynauds '07....Plaquenil,  NorQD, Naproxen, Folic Acid (for mouth/nose sores), Multivitamin, magic mouthwash, Prednisone.


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   Posted 9/1/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitty,
I did not realize that you have a new SLE diagnosis. Wow. Hopefully the plaquenil and prednisone will work for you right away. I used to think I had to do everything at home and also with family/friends and if I could not. I felt guilty. It is hard to explain to anyone the severity of fatigue that we face, in my case every day. Especially if you don't "look sick." I just had to learn over and over again that I paid for it when I would do to much. I am still learning and I am coming up on 9 years. I have learned tons of coping skills and am here if you need me a solution for something.

Support groups, this forum, and participating in the LFA event like the walk will help you in a way that is hard to descibe. You will meet people with all stages of lupus and it brings out all types of feelings. Just remember every case is different, from mild to severe. Just take good care of yourself and if you have a good doctor that you trust, follow their instructions. Try to stay moving when you are able, it really does help on so many levels.

Gagirl1

Candii
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   Posted 9/2/2007 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Gagirl, I am at the end of my first year with Lupus. It's been very hard. The plaquenil helps. And finally I was able to try prednisone and it worked wonderfully. I am not on a maintance dose yet. My doctor puts me on the pred packs and so far they work but only for a very short time. I dont have organ involvement at this time. Although they are not sure if the Lupus caused my severe tachycardia and arrythmias. Some doctors say yes and some say no. I had a heart ablation and now the tach and arrythmia is gone. I just never know what each morning will bring. One day I'm semi ok and the next morning wake up and my world is inside out. Which I am sure happens to you too. I can't wait for the walk. I think my husband and I need it. And we are going to go to a support group too. I'm ready. This lupus thing has been an emotional roller coaster. Thank you for your advice.

kitty


Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 1992, Restless leg syndrome 1998, SVT tachycardia/Arrythmia '06 (gone after ablation 07), SLE '07, Raynauds '07....Plaquenil,  NorQD, Naproxen, Folic Acid (for mouth/nose sores), Multivitamin, magic mouthwash, Prednisone.


hippimom2
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   Posted 9/2/2007 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
After reading this topic yesterday, I got so excited about it that I e-mailed a bunch of my extended family to see if they would want to come and do the walk and maybe form a team. I don't know if anyone will, but it's fun to think about. Either way, it will be fun even just to do it with my immediate family. My hubby said he can probably do some fund raising at work. In my e-mail to my extended family I asked for even a small donation if they couldn't walk.
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
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Gagirl1
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   Posted 9/2/2007 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitty,
If you are doing fundraising for your walk check out Firstgiving.com. You can create a page with your story, invitation and picture! Set a goal for whatever amount you want to raise, it does not have to be much at all. It will send the email and create an address book for you. It is fun and it keeps lupus, you, and the need for a cure in front of people. I did one for the Atlanta walk. I was touched by those that gave. I looked at the Iowa Lupus Foundation page and it looks like a great day for a walk. I am so glad that you are excited about the walk and have something to look forward to soon!
 
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Gagirl1
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   Posted 9/2/2007 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitty,
My resting heart rate was from 100-145 for years. I had inflammation in/around the heart. It comes with Lupus, and can also come from a low grade fever in other patients. My heart rate is much better on medication that I take twice a day. I was a nervous wreck when it used to raise, it made me feel so bad, out of breath, and just nervous. The strange thing was movement, rest, or excercise did not change it. Do you have "The Lupus Book" by Daniel Wallace? It is approved by the LFA and it is handy to have when something odd pops up and you need to know if it is from Lupus. I would not read it all the way through (that's just me) or you will go nuts :-)
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 9/3/2007 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitty . . . I'll check into it. I have sent many people information about my son running the marathon for lupus and NO ONE has responded. He has had three donations . . . one is mine, one is my husband's and one from one of his friends. I'm hoping that as it gets closer to the run some will give . . . . my point is that I would not ask all of those same people to contribute for my walk, so basically I would just be walking to be part of the event.

I'll be sure to let you know if I decide to try doing the walk. Thanks for the invite!!

Blessings!
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Gagirl1
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   Posted 9/3/2007 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Guys,
I did the Lupus Walk in Atlanta and had a Firstgiving Page. First I was surprised at who responded and those that did not. My parents were the only family members that gave, with the exception of my 10 year old nephew. Funny how so many ask what they can do, and then when you ask there is no response. The smallest of a contribution provides so much encouragement! - I sent the Firstgiving email page out every few weeks. I learned from other walkers that people have a bend on giving closer to the walk. Hope this info. helps. It will be a great day for you all no matter what!
Gagirl1 :-)

Post Edited (Gagirl1) : 9/3/2007 5:28:20 PM (GMT-6)


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 9/3/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Gagirl . . . I'll keep that in mind. I have SUCH a hard time sending out requests like this . . . we'll see how it goes.

Blessings!
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Gagirl1
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   Posted 9/3/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
You are welcome. I am not that great either, but being sent from a fundraising page helped. (Tax Deductible.. :-) If you decide, just remember you are not asking for yourself, but rather for the Lupus Foundation, etc. That helped me anyway. Again, I just hope you all have a great time no matter what you decide! Take Care.

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   Posted 9/4/2007 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   

I am participating in a Lupus Walk this Sunday, Sept 9th sponsored by the Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York.  We have a wonderful team walking made up of my husband and I, my mom and stepdad, my in-laws, my DH's grandmother and grandfather, DH's two little cousins, my sister and brother in-law and some really great friends of ours.  Thus far, between online and offline donations we have raised almost 1600.00 and I have a feeling we will be able to make our goal of 2500.00 by the day of the walk.  We are all really looking forward to this event. After the walk DH and I are hosting a big party at our house for our team to show our appreciation.  It should be a great day!

Here is our page (my pug is the team mascot!)  www.firstgiving.com/ElmwoodVillage

We have had so much fun trying to get donations and being excited about the walk.  I really encourage everybody to give it a try if they can.  It doesnt matter how fast you walk or if you cant even walk the entire way.  I really believe it is all about the spirit of the event and the cause at hand!


Gagirl1
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   Posted 9/4/2007 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Great Spirit! I love the idea of having your team over to celebrate! Good for you.
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