September 25, 2017
College Park Marriott / Hyattsville, MD

I have been dealing with lupus for years. There are no medications to help me. Only one drug has been specifically made for lupus and I am unable to take it. Instead, I am taking medications to help with some of my symptoms, but these medications give me additional symptoms. I have to deal with the lesser of two evils, which makes my quality of life  severely lacking. I along with many other lupus patients need help. We need the FDA to give us hope for the future of developing new treatments for lupus.

Shanna Balcazar
Lupus Patient Advocate