Dorcas resident wants to raise awareness about lupus

Pam Pursley lupus awareness

Pam Pursley stands beside her grandson, Zane Murrell, 7, at her tent on Friday at Main Street’s curbside market. Pursley wants to raise awareness for lupus, a painful autoimmune disease that she was diagnosed with more than two years ago.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 05:04 PM.

CRESTVIEW — After being diagnosed with lupus more than two years ago, Pam Pursley, 54, wants to spread awareness about the disease.

Lupus, a chronic, autoimmune disease, can cause chest pain, abnormal blood clotting, mouth or nose ulcers, low red blood cell count and extreme fatigue, among symptoms, according to

 An estimated 1.5 million Americans, and 90 percent of women, have some form of the disease, according to the Lupus Foundation of America.

Pursley has systemic lupus, which inflames the body's major internal organs.

"It’s the worst kind you can have; not only does it mess up your skin and joints, but it can also mess up your heart, kidneys and your lungs," she said.

She sells homemade sugar scrub products on Fridays at the curbside market on Main Street. Pursley recently started making and selling the skin care product with her grandchildren’s help.

To honor Lupus Awareness Month, Pursley has donated a portion of proceeds to the Lupus Foundation of America. 

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