For some reason, I really struggled with the concept of asking people to donate money for a cause I care about.
Why? Because it makes me feel extremely vulnerable. Because only a handful of people know that I have RA. Because asking for money makes me feel obnoxious.
But, I put all that aside and decided to set up a donation page to give my marathon a purpose: raise money for autoimmune disease research.
I chose to donate the money to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, because they are not focused on just one autoimmune disease. Since these crazy, mysterious diseases seem so connected, this appealed to me.
I know you all already do your part by raising awareness of autoimmune diseases, but please consider donating if you can:
P.S. Have you told everyone in your life about your disease or are you keeping it a secret? As I’m weighing the pros and cons of sharing the donate link on Facebook, I’m wondering how other people have handled this…