‘I can beat this’: Local woman shares her story during Lupus Awareness Month

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May is Lupus Awareness Month -- a month that raises awareness about an autoimmune disease that can attack your skin, joints, brain, heart or lungs.

One local woman said the disease damaged her kidneys and now she needs a transplant. She hopes to find a living donor.

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“That’s a big ask, you asking for an organ. So I was told by one of the social workers, when someone asks you how you’re doing, don’t say, ‘Good.’ Say, ‘I need it, I would be doing better if I had a kidney.’ Start the conversation, and when you start the conversation, then the person is wanting to know more,” said Timeka Griffin.

>> In the video at the top of the page, Griffin shares her story with anchor Erica Bryant.

For more information on how to become a living donor, visit donatelife.net or inquire at your local Department of Motor Vehicles office when you get your driver’s license.

(WATCH BELOW: Woman battling lupus discusses the autoimmune disease)