Licensed speech pathologist and businesswoman Kimberlee Ann Davis of Chicago, Illinois was recently diagnosed with lupus. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.
Initially, Kim was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome which is also an autoimmune system disorder. The differences between lupus and Sjogren’s Syndrome are best explained by doctors and researchers but for our purposes here may be described as subtle yet distinct.
Over the years, Kim has undergone over 20 procedures (including surgeries) most related to the diagnosis of Sjogrens Syndrome. To the average person (like me), that is a lot of procedures, yet to hear Kim tell it – no big deal, which brings me to why I’m writing this story.
Through all of her health challenges Kim went from being a flight attendant (who could no longer fly because of Sjogren’s) to becoming a full time student with a part time job in order to get her degree in Communication Disorders to becoming a successful licensed speech pathologist.
And now, con-currently she is an adjunct professor with Xavier University, president of GDRI (Global Data Revenue Inc) and also a co-founder of a new start-up Functional MobileWear LLC.
To the average person (like me), that is simply amazing! While conducting my research on the subject I noticed that one of the major things lupus and Sjogrens do have in common is fatigue. Kim Davis is an anomaly to say the least.
“You just deal with whatever life places upon your shoulders in the most positive light you can imagine is what helps me get through it all.” said Kim in a recent phone interview with me.
“My faith in God and what is ordained for me to do for the community while here on earth takes precedence over “the woe is me” non-productive trap that is not hard to fall into along the way. I guess that’s it in a nutshell – I strive to be productive with my time on earth. If I’ve learned anything on this journey, it is the fact that life and good health are precious and I intend to make the best of my time here on earth.”
To the average person (like me), Ms Davis just served a wake up call. Time to get up!
By Glenn Clarke