PIMSY Team Walks to Fight Lupus
by Leigh-Ann Renz, 8.6.14
This fight is personal
The PIMSY behavioral health EHR team is deeply invested in community involvement and charitable organizations, especially those that are connected to mental health. Everyone in the PIMSY family is in some way involved in giving back, whether it’s something simple like anonymous monthly donations that our team members make to causes close to their hearts – or bigger involvement, like ongoing charitable contributions and support.
This month, we’ll focus on the PIMSY team’s participation in the 2014 Cure Lupus walk. Because one of our team members has lupus, this cause is deeply personal to us, and our office collectively pitched in to support research and providing care for those suffering from this disease, via the Lupus Foundation.
“Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with, and a challenge to treat. Lupus is a cruel mystery because it is hidden from view and undefined, has a range of symptoms, strikes without warning, and has no known cause and no known cure.”
Although lupus is not in itself a mental illness, the stress of living with this often debilitating disease can cause emotional issues – these challenges can increase one’s risk of depression and related mental health problems, such as anxiety, stress and low self-esteem. One of the keys to thriving with lupus is to have strong mental health support.
We on the PIMSY team are honored to participate in the efforts of the Lupus Foundation. Want to join us? We typically participate every spring, so keep an eye out for our March/April 2015 newsletters, where we’ll promote next year’s walk – we’d love to have your support!