Dorcas resident wants to raise awareness about lupus

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 05:04 PM.

Pursley said she plans to start a support group for those affected by lupus. She would also like to start a community event that would raise awareness and — hopefully — more funding for lupus research.

"I would like to get a chapter going to start the lupus walk...that's my main goal is to raise money for research," she said.

For now, she’s dealing with challenges associated with the disease.

Pursley’s condition can at times leave her in such pain that she must rely on family members’ assistance.

"I can't even get up by myself; my daughter has to physically pull me up because it hurts so bad," she said.

Symptoms, which she takes 14 medications for, forced her to quit her job at Bayside Cleaners in Crestview. She is filing an appeal to receive Social Security disability benefits.

Pursley said she can barely pay utility bills. However, she receives some assistance from family members, and two doctors have helped her find reduced-cost prescriptions.

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