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Thank you for your article, "Putting a Face on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus" (August 2009).* My mother was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) when I was a child, and died from SLE complications when I was in my teens. She was my inspiration and driving force during my years of nursing school, and continues to inspire me now as I work as a new nurse.

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The other day I got a call from a relative inviting me to jump out of a plane with him in an event called "Leap for Lupus." After briefly tossing around this crazy idea, I went to check my mail, and there was Nursing2009 with its cover story about lupus. That's when I knew I'd be jumping out of a plane the next day. I'll be participating in "Leap for Lupus" each year to help raise awareness of the disease and funds for research.




Albany, Ore.


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