|Tichina Arnold (R) with sister Zenay|
Tichina’s sister, Zenay Arnold, was diagnosed with lupus eight years ago, along with rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder (MCTD), and Raynaud’s disease. She was told there was no cure and that these diseases could lead to her demise.
“Living with lupus can be terrifying” Zenay says. “You have so many questions and are on a constant quest for answers. However, being around friends and family who understand the devastating impact of the disease can be a motivating force each day.”
Through the support of her family and friends like Kim Dansby, whom she met at a rheumatologist’s office, Zenay was introduced to resources on living well with lupus. As her disease became better managed, she became determined to give back to others who are living with lupus and rally for more education, support services, and research funds. She joined Kim’s walk team at the Los Angeles Walk for Lupus Now event (now named Walk to End Lupus Now) and asked Tichina to join the fight as well.
Tichina put out the call to her more than 280,000 followers on Twitter and encouraged all of them to support the walk by donating and to learn more about lupus, a devastating and unpredictable disease. Their walk team raised over $20,000 to support the Lupus Foundation of America’s efforts to solve the cruel mystery of lupus while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact.
However, Tichina did not stop there. While doing publicity for other projects, she always spoke out about lupus to educate the public about the disease and the Foundation. Tichina would be sure to pass out the Lupus Foundation of America’s purple awareness bracelets to everyone in the audience and encourage others to learn more.
Join Tichina and get involved with the Lupus Foundation of America. Find a chapter or walk near you today. Learn more at www.lupus.org.