BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP
Our Woman Who Rocks is not one of those that everyone knows but Zenay Arnold, founder of We Win Foundation is a fighter, a survivor, an inspiration, and an overcomer. This is definitely a woman that you want to know and watch. She is a celebrity to me and while I don’t have Lupus or any other autoimmune disease I am inspired by her courage, her fight, and her wiliness to help others manage their diseases.
ABOUT WE WIN FOUNDATION:
The We Win Foundation was founded in 2013 by Actress/Singer Tichina Arnold and her sister/manager and Lupus Survivor Zenay Arnold. It was started to help individuals, as well as family members and caregivers who support those suffering with Lupus and other related autoimmune diseases.
The Foundation will provide:
-Holistic Health, nutrition and lifestyle programs
-Grants for alternative health treatments such as Stem Cell Therapy and Acupuncture
-Lupie Yoga Program
-Z’s Survival Kits (Zenay has put together a kit that helps her survive during Lupus flare ups. The kit includes compression gloves, squeeze balls, a face mask, hand warmers, hot water bottle, and juicing recipes specifically for Lupus and other autoimmune diseases or symptoms)
At the age of 32 after an unexpected divorce, Zenay attempted to stay at the top of her game and keep her head above the water. Just when she thought things were getting better in her life and her emotions were intact her body started doing some strange things: numbness in her hands and feet, aching in her joints, total fatigue, and she could not understand what was happening to her. Her only recourse in her mind was to continue working long hours and attending church. All of that was going well until she woke up one morning and her body refused to move and she had to be rushed to the hospital.
They ran several tests and they discovered that five autoimmune diseases had taken hold of her body, one of which is Lupus. She also lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren Syndrome, Mix Connective Tissue and Raynaud’s. Eight years after receiving her diagnosis she is still alive, still fighting and lives through those good and bad days.
“My good days outweigh my bad days. I am thankful and grateful to God for letting me live each day and to be a walking miracle.”
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body such as the joints, organs, and skin. Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening. Presently, there is no cure for Lupus.
An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. There are over eighty (80) types of autoimmune diseases.
The white blood cells in the body’s immune system help protect against harmful substances. Examples include bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells, and blood and tissue from outside the body. These substances contain antigens. The immune system produces antibodies against these antigens that enable it to destroy these harmful substances. When you have an autoimmune disorder, your immune system does not distinguish between healthy tissue and antigens. As a result, the body sets off a reaction that destroys normal tissue. In other words, the body is attacking itself.
Zenay is beyond a survivor to me, she is a fighter and a reminder that anything is possible if you fight the good fight of faith. For her to still do as much as she does and still cope is amazing and a miracle.
You can visit We Win Foundation at wewinfoundation.org and can read more of Zenay’s story, learn more about the foundation, and most importantly DONATE to help further their cause and help those suffering from Lupus and autoimmune diseases.
You can also follow We Win Foundation, Zenay and Tichina Arnold on social media for updates.
We Win Foundation
Zenay Arnold (Burton)