POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT)- A Pocahontas family is using rubber band bracelets to spread awareness about lupus. The Morgan family has been making and selling bracelets since July in honor of Robyn Morgan.
"I felt like my life had ended," said Morgan when she was diagnosed in 2005. "They thought it was depression and started rolling through different tests and I learned I had lupus."
Morgan said she remembers feeling scared after reading up on the disease online. Lupus is a chronic auto-immune disease that can damage parts of the body.
"It attacks our joints, we get very fatigued, which is why a lot of people have the misconception that it's depression," she said. "It's such a terrible disease and it feels like we are silently fighting."
But in July, Bands for Lupus was born to help raise money and awareness for the Lupus Foundation. Morgan said her daughter wanted to know why people didn't pass out purple ribbons in October during Lupus Awareness Month. Abigail and Julia Morgan went to work making dozens of bracelets for the community.
"We wanted to find a cure so she could live her life," said Abigail Morgan.
Two Pocahontas stores, Futrell's Pharmacy and Wholesale Home Decor Store are now selling their bracelets.
"It makes me feel amazing just to know that I'm supporting my mother and that Lupus awareness is getting something," said Julia Morgan.
Robyn said most families break apart when they receive bad news but her family did just the opposite. She said on several occasions her husband has had to help do her hair and make-up.
If you are interested in buying a bracelet, you can email Robyn Morgan at email@example.com.