Farmington Hills Teen Creates Teen Lupus Support Group at Children’s Hospital of Michigan
WHY WE DO IT
When Bridget Leonard, R.N., director of Patient Care Services, Nursing Office Operations at DMC- Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, noticed her 13-year-old youngest daughter, ChyAnn, had developed a swollen face in 2011, her instincts told her that she should be evaluated for lupus.
The busy mother of seven children, who was diagnosed with lupus five years ago after years of seeking out a diagnosis for her symptoms which also included a swollen face, pain and fatigue, proved her instincts were right.
Doctors at Children’s Hospital of Michigan diagnosed ChyAnn with lupus, a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to mistakenly attack the body itself. It can affect almost any part of the body, and often many parts at the same time including skin, joints and/or organs inside the body.
CHEF CLINTON MOORE
POURS HIS HEART INTO
A disease that strikes at the heart of Chef Moore, Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. Please join him in his annual effort to bring awareness and resources to this debilitating disease.