Gabrielle with husband Antione, who has been a major source of support to Gabrielle since being diagnosed in 2009
May is National Lupus month. Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.
I wanted to feature this “mysterious” disease by including someone that is personally affected by Lupus, to bring a voice and a face to a condition that most people know little about.
I first met Mrs. Gabrielle "Gabby" Davis about 16 years ago as a freshman at the Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida (USA). Gabrielle and I were both in the School of Journalism and wrote for the campus newspaper, the Famuan (Go Rattlers!). We weren’t the type of friends that went out every weekend or talked on the phone, but we had a mutual respect and liking towards each other and we also had mutual friends. Years later after I moved back to Texas and (after we became for real adults with jobs and bills) we found each other on Facebook and it was then that I discovered through her postings that she has Lupus. I would read her postings and I could feel (and still do) how she is literally fighting for her life and her version of normal. My level of respect and admiration I have for Gabrielle has increased so much over the years as she experiences significant fatigue and kidney disease, all while being a young, married woman in her 30s.
It’s amazing, we haven’t seen each other since I left Florida back in 2003, but we speak in private online and we mutually encourage each other with life and our respective fitness goals (as she is an exercise fanatic like myself).
Gabby pushing through fatigue to exercise in the gym. #LupusWarrior
Gabrielle lives a full life with a supportive and loving husband, Antoine, family, friends and her faith in God. She’s also doing incredible work by working with Florida legislators on policy development for people with chronic disease to get access to quality medication. Gabrielle works full-time as a copy-editor and runs several social media sites, including a blog dedicated to the education and awareness to Lupus.
Gabby with members of the Lupus Foundation meeting with Florida legislators.
You can follow Gabrielle’s blog and all of her social media sites.