FORT MITCHELL, Ala. – A Central High School Senior is battling Lupus, a serious autoimmune disease. What this means is her body’s natural defense system is attacking her healthy tissues. But she’s not allowing her condition to cheat her out of life.
Raven Rivers, 18, a senior at Central High School, wants to raise awareness about the disease because she says she didn’t know very much about it when she was diagnosed. A variety of symptoms told her something was wrong.
“I was experiencing bumps and rashes on my skin, I didn’t really quite sure know what it was. I was having stomach pains. I was vomiting and just not feeling my best like I know something was wrong but I didn’t know what it was,” said Raven.
For treatment, Raven goes to UAB every four weeks.
“That treatment lasts 6 to 8 hours at UAB Infusion Center and we’re there from 8 o’clock in the morning until 6 in the afternoon,” said LaTivia Rivers, Raven’s mom.
Last weekend, Raven organized a Walk to raise funds for Lupus research. If you’d like to know more about Lupus, visit http://www.lupus.org/