Hi everyone! It feels tremendously weird writing right now as it’s been quite some time. The month of May was such a hectic time for me…it was the end of the school year, I was involved in numerous volunteering efforts, there was my birthday, Mother’s Day, infusion treatments at the hospital, and in the midst of it all, I could not bring myself to delve into the world of blogging. I’m sure other Lupus patients can relate in regard to the ups and downs of having this conditions. There are moments when things are going so well and all you can focus on is seizing the moment, and other times when things are so low when a solace escape is enough.
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!
In my efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I am constantly trying to “be one” with my body and pay attention to any signs that it may be attempting to communicate with me. In the past, I’ve ignored signals and continued living my life however I felt I needed to. This has only caused increased pain, frustration, and anxiety. It would be entirely foolish for me to ignore the old saying, “learn from the mistakes of others”, and continue repeating the cycle of inconsistent consideration of my body’s needs. Lupus patients are constantly at risk of causing increased Lupus activity in their bodies. It’s important to be aware of the signals that your body sends, as well as what you can do when they suddenly arise!
Good Morning! I am extremely excited about some news that I received and couldn’t wait until the next Motivation Monday to share it! A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a wellness website who shares the writing of fellow bloggers in order to promote wellness and an overall healthy lifestyle. They shared how much they enjoyed one of my articles and would love to feature it on their website. Last night I received a notification stating that it is finally posted! It’s such a great feeling to simply be acknowledged and have my writing be appreciated.
Happy Monday Everyone! Hoping you all had a blessed week! Here is another Motivation Monday, giving you some encouragement and reminding you to count your blessings. Now that I am back at work, it is so difficult keeping up with my posts, but the Motivation Mondays MUST stay consistent! As always, please share some of the awesome things that happened to you this week. Remember, there’s a blessing even in the little things!!!
As I write this post, I am attempting to keep up with the schedule that I was maintaining during my time away from work…but it’s hard! I’m back to waking up early and actually getting ready for work. My mornings are still a bit slow and I have to just jump right into my routine–ready or not! I’m back to feeling as if there aren’t enough hours in the day, but I need more hours because especially on a day like yesterday, there’s just so much to do! I’m forcefully reminded of the status of my health, yet again, and trying to maintain all positivity in order to make it through the day.
I remember sitting across from my rheumatologist 7 years ago and hearing her say that my test results were consistent with what she sees in Lupus patients. Lupus? An autoimmune disease where the body basically becomes confused and begins to attack itself. Okay, so how do we cure this? There currently isn’t a cure for Lupus. It took quite some time for me to process that last line. This thing called Lupus was stuck with me now…a part of me and my everyday life. I wouldn’t wake or sleep without it, and according to my physician, I never would. Continue reading Life After Lupus (5 Tips for Management Following a Diagnosis)
I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! So exciting! Thank you soooo much Megala for taking the time to read my posts and recognizing them as quality writing! It means a lot to me! Check out her site for recipes of traditional Indian cooking made simple!
It’s that time again…meal prepping! This is one of my absolute favorite recipes to make when I need a ton of food to last for the week. For the earlier part of 2016, Sean and I signed up for Hello Fresh and out of all of their recipes, this one stuck with me! It’s a very simple take on a traditional meal that’s packed with nutrition! For a healthier option, you may choose to substitute regular pasta for gluten free pasta. Try it out and let me know how it goes! I hope you love it as much as I do!
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When faced with challenging situations, how many of us have a tendency to quickly become overwhelmed and focus on how impossible things appear to be? *Clears throat—guilty! And this isn’t only true for major life situations. How about the small things? Like last night’s dinner perhaps…“Why is this jar impossible to open?! Mom! Help!” After a single attempt, I am filled with frustration because the jar fails to open when I want it to and immediately call for someone nearby to save me. I swear this happens every time! Unfortunately this time, no one was home, so I was forced to keep working at that jar until it finally budged. This got me thinking…we do similar things in big situations as well. After single attempts to accomplish a goal, if things fail to work out when or how we want them to, we call for rescue. In some cases we give up entirely.