This weekend my family, friends, and colleagues supported me as we walked with the Lupus Foundation of America to find a cure for Lupus! I have been fundraising for a little over a month now and thanks to everyone who made a contribution, my team was able to raise over $1,500 towards Lupus research! It was amazing seeing so many people working and walking together for the same cause! I look forward to continuing this work and I am praying that with continued awareness, advocacy, and fundraising efforts, this world will someday soon be a world free of Lupus!
Being diagnosed with Lupus, or other autoimmune diseases, doesn’t only affect the patient, but the people in their lives as well. One of the most challenging yet necessary tasks that is given to friends and family members, is the task of giving support. When you love someone dearly, it is only natural for you to want to do all that you can to help them feel love and encouragement. To some, this may come naturally, and to others…not so much. Take my mom for instance, from my perspective, my mom handled my diagnosis so well! She never shed a tear (or so I thought), she was always there when I needed her (and still is), and was always prepared with a word from her heart to provide me with encouragement. This post is less for patients and more for friends and family members of them. What are some “Dos and Don’ts” for supporting someone with Lupus?
I hope meal planning has been going as well for you guys as it’s been for me! I really appreciate the time spent prepping on the weekends when I’m absolutely exhausted mid-week and the last thing I want to do is cook! As mentioned before, I really want to focus on being consistent and making this a lifestyle change rather than a fad. Therefore, I’m continuing to focus on super easy recipes that can be executed with minimal effort and time. This week’s recipe that I found is another “one pan”–I absolutely loved the chicken and veggie recipe from last week and thought to mix it up again! This is also a great gluten-free option. Try it out and as always, please let me know how it goes for you!
So, I’ve decided to bring you along with me as I read The Resolution for Women By: Priscilla Shirer! In this book, Shirer challenges women to live their lives intentionally and spirit-filled based on God’s image of us. As I’ve been reading, I’ve also been jotting down parts of the book that really resonate with me and reflecting on the topics that are unravelled. Every Friday I will be sharing my notes and personal thoughts on what I believe are the big ideas of each chapter. I hope that you not only enjoy checking in each week, but that you also spark some discussion, perhaps learn something new, and reflect on whether or not you are open to resolving to be a woman that exemplifies God’s image and walks in your purpose through Him.
After several years of not speaking to one another (for no particular reason), I was invited to my cousin’s daughter’s birthday party that took place yesterday. Naturally, I was a bit apprehensive because I hadn’t seen her or her children in years, but I decided to make it and support her and her family regardless of any discomfort that I anticipated. While there, I saw my older sister who I also haven’t spoken to in years (for particular reasons). As I walked into the apartment, I approached my aunt (my cousin’s mother) to greet her–the look on her face was one of confusion. She didn’t recognize me…it had been that long. Moments later, there was a knock at the door–the last guest had arrived, my uncle, who I also haven’t seen or spoken to in years. I respectfully got out of my seat to greet him, “Well, hello sir!” He glanced at me, “Hello,” and proceeded into the kitchen to greet my sister and mother. He also didn’t recognize me. My thoughts began to settle on the realization of how divided my family is…