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Lupus Research Update: 2012 Volume 4

Volume 4, 2012 - Online Edition | In This Issue

2012: A Year of Tremendous Achievement >
Silicon Chip May Offer More Complete Diagnosis >
Insights into Lupus: Looking at Chromosomal Variations >
Collaboration Aims to Swiftly Develop New Lupus Therapies >
Faces of Lupus: A Mother and Daughter Story >
Lupus News Corner >

Faces of Lupus: A Mother and Daughter Story

Laura Poquette knows that a mother’s intuition is an invaluable gift. On more than one occasion it turned out to be priceless in raising her daughter Erika, who had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as a very young child.

It’s hard to imagine a more devoted mother. Laura never left her little girl's side whenever she was feeling pain or discomfort. Then Erika suddenly went into remission.

But by the time she was 14, her symptoms returned worse than before. "One Saturday, Erika woke up and just couldn’t move any part of her body. I immediately suspected it was more than arthritis," said Laura.

For her daughter's sake, Laura went on a mission to find out as much as she could about autoimmune disease. And when she hit upon lupus, a real panic set in: "I was scared to death, I didn’t even want to take her to the doctor because in my heart I knew what the diagnosis was going to be — even before he said the words."

That was seven years ago and Laura is grateful that Erika's lupus has never been too severe. Still, dealing with this chronic disease can be hard on the emotions, especially for a girl entering into high school.

Undoubtedly, lupus changed their lives forever. "There is not a minute of any day that I don’t worry about the future of my daughter," said Laura.

You may recall reading Erika's upbeat outlook on lupus in one of our donor publications from a few years ago. Today she is a vibrant young woman in her senior year at Providence College who has remained true to a childhood vow — to devote her life to fighting lupus by studying science and medicine.

She has also dedicated her time and energy to the ALR — just like her mother. "My daughter was diagnosed in February 2005 and that July she, my son Tyler, a bunch of family and friends, and I went up to Boston for our first walk. We’ve been with the ALR ever since," Laura stated with pride.

By 2007, Laura had organized her own Walk with Us to Cure Lupus event in Connecticut. Since then she has raised an astonishing total of more than $82,000 for the ALR.

She's a natural fundraiser: "The ALR is vital. And every penny of every donation it receives can help find a cure or better treatment — because 100% of every gift goes directly to support lupus research programs. It's important to everyone out there with lupus, and it's near and dear to my heart because of my daughter Erika."

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