Father's with Lupus: A Son's Story
Before I was born, my father had lupus so this was all I knew as a son until he passed away.
Two of his biggest frustrations: the average person assuming it was a “female-only” disease and the constant stares he got while wearing “protection” (hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, and jeans) outdoors in South Florida.
I can remember accompanying him to the doctors and hospitals for treatments and surgeries many times only to see him return home and deal with bouts of pain and chronic fatigue.
Although lupus affected his health and quality of life as a person, it never compromised him as a father.
My dad had the same attributes as all of the other good fathers: compassionate and patient. He took me out to eat, see movies, and go shopping; attended my baseball and football games; and was always willing and able to listen to me about life in general.
Lastly, he taught me to be kind and compassionate so I created www.liftingawareness.com and www.liftingboca.com 23 months ago.
I lift heavy weights in non-profit and charity t-shirts for local and global awareness.
Boca Raton, Florida
Stephen Hinkel featured the Lupus Society of Illinois in a lift last year. See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oubXULq5aw&feature=youtu.be