WHAT IS LUPUS?
WHO IS IDA?
HOW YOU CAN HELP
EDUCATING THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT LUPUS BY SUPPORTING AND SERVING THOSE AFFECTED
BY THE DISEASE, AND BY PROMOTING LUPUS AWARENESS AND HEALTHY LIVING.
"I SEE MY DIAGNOSIS AS A PLATFORM TO EDUCATE MYSELF AND OTHERS
DEALING WITH CHRONIC HEALTH CHALLENGES. I'VE LEARNED THE SYMPTOMS
OF LUPUS CAN BE REVERSED when OPTIMAL HEALTH IS ACHIEVED BY
MAINTAINING AN ALKALINE DIET AND LIFESTYLE."
IDA KOLADER, LUPUS SURVIVOR + FOUNDER of PLUM BLOSSOM FOUNDATION
Plum Blossom Foundation was founded by Ida Kolader in 2011, and is dedicated to raising active participants in the world to support, serve and educate those affected by Lupus, directly or indirectly, and to promote healthy living by providing resources, information and education.
Our mission is to provide insight and perspective to individuals and families dealing with Lupus, and other chronic health challenges.
Our focus is on finding balance by living the best life you can, always moving towards your most optimal level of health through nutrition and an alkaline lifestyle.
We hope that our voice will be heard in order to affect a change in the way the medical and social communities view and treat people living with chronic illness.
The Plum Blossom is seen as a symbol of Winter and a harbinger of Spring. They bloom most vibrantly during the winter season, spreading a fragrance noticeable even in the coldest time of the year. The Plum Blossom symbolizes perserverance, hope, beauty, purity and the transitions of life.
Ida has a design of the the Plum Plossom tattooed on her body to remind her to keep hope and seek growth and warmth like Spring, even during the coldest and darkest times of life.
ABOUT Plum Blossom Foundation
LUPUS IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S
LEAST RECOGNIZED DISEASES.
Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system mistakenly identifies its own healthy tissues as foreign substances and attacks them, causing inflammation and pain to its own healthy cells. Symptoms may be limited to the skin, but more often Lupus also causes internal problems. The damage that results from the disease is relatively unpredictable, cycling between flare-ups and periods of remission. In severe cases, it can damage the heart, kidneys, and other vital organs. Although the disease affects over five million people worldwide, commonly, few people know about it. Lupus is one of the world's least recognized major diseases.
what is lupus?
MY NAME IS IDA KOLADER
AND I HAVE LUPUS.
"I HAD TO TAKE MY LIFE BACK."
Plum Blossom Foundation
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Overcome is the second film about Ida Kolader who, in 2003, was diagnosed with an aggressive case of Lupus (SLE). After years of conventional medicine, personal strife and experimental trials of chemotherapy, Ida changed her life, recognizing her treatment was merely suppressing symptoms with drugs yet not treating the root of the illness.
"I had to take my life back. After 12 years of pain, frustration and suffering, I was finally ready to take responsibility for my own health; I decided to boost my immune system by changing my diet and lifestyle".
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Flare: Living with Lupus (2013)
An intimate look at the life of a Dutch-Surinamese woman named Ida, who suffers from a severe form of Lupus. In
this monochromatic short film, we meet Ida, and follow her through a day-to-day life. From long, tiring train rides seeking medical help, to the intimacies of her past, we get to see the relatively unknown disease and the effects of its affliction. Flare played at several different film festivals and was an official selection for the African World Documentary, I Will Tell Film Festival, ZINEBI and Shortcutz Amsterdam.
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