GO PURPLE: 18-Year-Old Lupus Warrior Tanisha Edwards Helps Raise Awareness For Those Fighting Worldwide

CampusLately joins Tanisha Edwards, 18, of Tampa, Florida, who was diagnosed with Lupus 10 months ago, to raise awareness of lupus. Lupus is an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues. Public awareness of lupus remains low. Nearly two-thirds of the public knows little or nothing about the disease beyond the name. We need your help to change that. Join the growing number of individuals, communities, media and celebrities that pump up the purple for lupus awareness month and tell people how they can donate or get involved.
 Q&A with Tanisha Edwards for Lupus Awareness Month!
 1) When were you first diagnosed with Lupus?

A) I was first diagnosed with Lupus in July of 2016.


2) What were your feelings when you first got your diagnosis?

A) Hearing this news at first I didn’t have a reaction. My mom has been suffering from lupus since 2008 and seeing the different procedures and complications this disease has caused her sort of had me frightened. I was really confused and questioning God’s plan for what he really had in store for me. Before I was diagnosed I wanted to join the Air Force, due to my disease, it has held me back. So I was really upset when I finally realized how much this chronic illness can ruin my future. I was in a depression stage trying to figure out how is Lupus going to react with me. Knowing that I was only 17 at the moment, I started thinking about death.


3) Does Lupus run in your family?

A) Yes, Lupus runs in my family, my Mother also has SLE.

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4) What symptoms do you have because of Lupus?

A)  The different symptoms I have from Lupus are weight loss, fatigue, drowsiness, muscle aches, I also have flares which consist of rashing on the face that’s bright red. Sometimes it last a week or two, and it also can burn as well. I have complications with my lungs as well, due to the fact that Lupus tries to destroy the organs of your body.


5) Does Lupus limit your everyday activity? How much?


A) Yes, Lupus majorly limits my everyday activities. I don’t go outside between 10 a.m. and 7 pm. The sun is my number one enemy that causes the Lupus to flare. I can’t do as much as I use to. Such as house chores. My mom limits what I do to one day, so I have to pick the days I would like to clean the bathroom, kitchen, or my room. A lot of working and moving around causes me to become fatigue.


6) I know that having Lupus is not easy at all, but how has overcoming and fighting the condition helped you grow overall?


A) Overcoming and dealing with my disease helps me grow mentally and also spiritually. Before I was diagnosed I wouldn’t care about the small things in life, but I’ve learned to cherish every moment that God gives me. I’ve become more mature in life because I feel that what I’m facing is not a joke. I think this forced me to become a confident young woman. As well, I’ve become closer to God. Instead of trying to figure out where he went wrong I started to open myself up to him more, allowing him to walk me step by step through this process. God has been my biggest support and I believe that Jesus has the healing power. Not just health wise, but mentally as well. My favorite bible verses has become “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.” Psalm‬ ‭46:5‬ ‭NIV



7) If you could give advice to anyone who currently has Lupus or who has not yet been diagnosed what would it be?

A) STAY OUT THE SUN! lol the sun is your biggest enemy, the boogie man, your worst nightmare lol. But also you have to be strong. Don’t let Lupus bring you or your self-esteem down. I see this disease as the devil, and the devil’s only mission is to steal, kill and destroy. And that’s what Lupus does to not only your body but your pride as well. But you have to stay confident. You’re not the only one out there going through this. Many different men and women suffer from this. You have to take the tine out for yourself and explore many different Lupus talks and pages that can give you that personal comfort for yourself. It will guide you on how to live with this illness and different healthy pointers as well.  The worst thing that’s close to Lupus is depression. And that’s the last thing that you as a person should be worried about.
8) It is Lupus Awareness Month, how do you plan to celebrate and educate the world on the disease/condition?
A) I continuously post on my social media accounts since that would reach the younger generation eyes faster. I also give out informational flyers at church and also at school for the awareness and seriousness that this chronic illness has in America.


9) You receive chemotherapy treatment, if you can, tell me a little bit about that process?
A) The chemo treatment started for me when I had trouble breathing. The doctor found some fluids on my lungs and wanted to handle it ASAP. The chemo treatment caused me also to be fatigue and thinning of the hair as well. The side effects of this treatment caused me to have a risk of not being able to have children. That was a very hard thing to hear due to the fact I’ve always bragged about having 8 kids in the future; lol, but it hindered me to that decision.
 I would like to say I love you to all the Lupus Warriors and the families of those people. Without family and support dealing with this disease, it can be very difficult. Keeping that positive person in your corner whether it’s your spouse, parents, close friends, or even other family members is a blessing. God makes no mistakes! Live every day as if it was your last and appreciate every blessing that’s given to you.

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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


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