Alumna Calvinia Williams talks about her journey with lupus in her new book, "Loving God and Living with Lupus." (Image: amazon.com)
Prior to her lupus diagnosis in Dec 2001, Calvinia Williams ’75 was a hard charging workaholic executive in the nonprofit world.
Lupus impaired her vision, limited her mobility, and caused memory loss but that didn't stop her from her from starting a Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) chapter in Las Vegas where she lives with her father and son.
In an interview with Lupus Now magazine, Williams recalls, “I called [the local Arthritis Foundation] so often to ask about a lupus support group that they finally said, ‘Why don't you do it?' I said, ‘You know what? I will!’”
Williams went on to not only create a Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) chapter, but she also served on the Lupus Foundation of America Education Committee in out of Washington, DC and is the founder of the Lupus Ministry and Support group and Lupus of Nevada, Inc.
In her recently published book, Loving God and Living with Lupus (CreateSpace 2010), Williams chronicles her life living with lupus, her faith with god, the highs and lows she experienced, and the friends she gained along the way.
“This has given me life, a reason for being,” she said.