Lisa Lynn Eveleth is the founder of LIVEFIT WITH LUPUS and a Lupus patient. In 1986, various symptoms presented themselves which led to a battery of hospitalizations, medications and surgeries. Lupus attacked her kidneys, lungs, skin, heart and brain resulting in seizures, kidney failure and bouts of existence in a wheel chair. In realization, she couldn't imagine a future that wasn't dictated by her disease. But rather than give up, she began educating herself about Lupus and all autoimmune diseases.
The more she read, the more she began to understand the devasting effects and the full impact of autoimmune disease. It was at that point she recognized she could let the disease destroy her, define her or develop her. She decided to make a life long commitment to her health, fitness and wellness. As someone who has struggled the majority of her life with a serious illness, she is proud to say her body can meet the challenges set before it. She is able to compete in fitness competitions, work as a personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. For Lisa, the word "fitness" extends far beyond physical appearance or athletic ability. For Lisa, "fitness" means health.
LIVEFIT WITH LUPUS is a non-profit, 501c3 approved organization formed to provide awareness for autoimmune diseases. The organization's Mission Statement is "To promote health and wellness, inspire others to overcome their own obstacles and create autoimmune awareness in the community and eventually around the globe." Our future goal is to host a patient education, outreach center in the Quad-Cities. We offer nutritional counseling, specialty physician resources, beauty wellness, fitness education, businesses within the business, youth to senior activities, psychology and emotional support.
Various fundraising events are planned throughout the year. Our big event in May is a 1 mile, 5K, 10K and ½ Marathon Race at the Black Watch Room (at Pebble Creek Golf Course) in LeClaire, Iowa. After the race we are having a Post Party Event with live entertainment, kids activities, local vendors and a health fair! Additional events include our Golf outing in late summer, and our Dance with the QC Celebrities show in late fall.
What is Autoimmune Disease?
In autoimmune diseases something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.
There are more than 80 various types of autoimmune diseases. An autoimmune disease can range from mild to life threatening and can be debilitating. Studies show that almost 25 million Americans are affected by an autoimmune disease and up 75 million have been undiagnosed. It is becoming an epidemic in our society and our mission is to help patients and their families live a fit and healthy lifestyle while dealing with their illness.