On a spring morning in 2006, Erin found herself headed to the hospital. She thought it was just unusual that she was getting multiple urinary tract infections, that just didn’t seem to go away. Little did she know, at the age of 21, she would begin down a path the would change the course of her life. Erin was diagnosed with a kidney disease in 2006. She had learned that her kidneys were functioning at a significantly lower level than they should. In 2011, her diagnosis had changed. Erin had Lupus Nephritis. Her body was literally attacking it’s own kidneys. In February of 2012, Erin had a stroke. This is when we learned that not only did Erin have lupus attacking her kidneys, but it was also attacking her vascular system. For 12 years, Erin’s health has been debilitating, and now it is at a critical point.
Erin has been put on the donor list for a new kidney. We suspect that a donor and close family member is a perfect match. As a result, Erin will hopefully be receiving a kidney transplant soon. For the first time in 12 years, Erin will be afforded the opportunity to live a relatively normal life. She will finally have the energy to go for walks, bike ride, and spend more time with friends and family.
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October 3, 2018
You got this girl!