Lupus Judgements

I understand how this Lupus Warrior feels and I applaud her for getting this issue out to the public. But, we as warriors must NOT allow anyone to make us feel like we are unworthy or a freak. We have to work at keeping our own self esteem up and stay encouraged beyond the ignorance of others. When we are faced with situations we have to remember that everyone does not know about lupus, so we can’t automatically assume they are trying to be hurtful in their approach to us. When we encounter people that don’t understand or know about lupus it is our duty to educate them to empower ourselves.

73% of Americans between the ages 18-34 have either not heard about lupus or know little or nothing about lupus beyond the name.

Judgements and discrimination because of scars from lupus is real. Not just at the nail shop but at the grocery store, at the mall, at the movie theater. Lupus Warriors even face these same judgements and issues at hospitals and their doctors offices. All because many still do not know what lupus is. All because many continue to believe that lupus may be in someone’s head. All because people are not educated enough to understand lupus’ burdens. Another added mental strain to fighting lupus.

Video courtesy Fox11 Laguna California

For the record:

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease which causes inflammation of various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys. The immune system normally protects the body against viruses, bacteria and other foreign material. In an autoimmune disease, like lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against itself.

Lupus is NOT infectious, rare, or cancerous.

Lupus is more prevalent than AIDS, sickle-cell anemia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis combined.

Some individuals have or will develop a type of skin disease, called cutaneous lupus erythematosus. Skin disease in lupus can cause rashes or sores (lesions), most of which will appear on sun-exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck, arms, and legs.

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Not Required

Gentle Reminder: As you battle lupus you are not required to explain your feelings, appearance, responses, choices, thoughts, preferences, or self. #LupusInColor

Canned Food Drive

July 1 – July 11, 2018

Lupus In Color and Royal Results Wellness Center have teamed up for a Canned Food Drive. Please help us help others with food assistance. Contributions collected will be donated to Mercy Mall in Chesterfield and Lambs Basket In Henrico. Please donate unexpired, not dented cans.

Food Drive Needed Items: canned meat, canned vegetables and canned fruit.

Drop Off Dates:

July 4 9a-12p Royal Wellness Center 7525 Whitepine Road, Chesterfield

July 11 6p-8p Glen Allen Library 10501 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen

Pick Ups are available contact Racquel at (804) 464-7660 to set up a pick up date.

#LupusInColor #RoyalResultsWellness #CannedFoodDrive

Wolf of Lupus

Sometimes the wolf of lupus tries to overtake you! Keep fighting for your right to live. You are a warrior, it’s proven as you beat lupus every day! #LupusInColor

Take A Break

Gentle Reminder: Stop and take a break there’s strength in taking a break!

Most times, as you battle lupus, you have to slow down, regroup and recharge. Don’t take those moments for granted and don’t squander those moments trying to prove how strong you are. #LupusInColor

Manage Stress

Stress can really make lupus worse. Manage your stress through silent time, daily walks in nature, relaxation, meditation and/or yoga. Remember that stress can be just as inflammatory to the body as your food. Take care of yourself in all forms to experience the benefits of a healthy, anti-inflammatory life, both on and outside your plate. #LupusInColor

Healing

I don’t discuss my lupus for pity, sympathy, or attention. I don’t discuss lupus to be judged and talked about. I talk about lupus because it’s a huge part of my life whether I like it or want it to be or not. I talk about it to help others, to help myself cope, to educate, to inform and provide support to those who feel alone and lonely in their fight. I won’t stop speaking about lupus, please don’t ask me to. Believe me when I say, if I could focus on something else I would, but the reality is it is my duty to spread awareness, support and encouragement in order for me to heal! #LupusInColor

Butterfly of Hope Award

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

YOU HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE BUTTERFLY OF HOPE AWARD!

FOR EVERY DAY YOU HAVE FOUGHT HARD SIMPLY TO SURVIVE, I SALUTE YOU! FOR EVERY DAY YOU THOUGHT YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT, I ENCOURAGE YOU! FOR EVERY DAY YOU LIVE TO SEE ANOTHER DAY AND BEAT LUPUS, I LOVE YOU!

YOU ARE MY BUTTERFLY OF HOPE FOR YOUR STRENGTH, BRAVERY AND COURAGE IN FIGHTING LUPUS! YOU ARE A TRUE LUPUS WARRIOR AND I AM SO PROUD OF THE FIGHT IN YOU!!!!

TODAY IS YOUR DAY TO SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND FLY FREE IN THE BEAUTY OF YOU BEYOND LUPUS!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #ButterflyofHopeAward

May 31 Lupus Fact

Butterflies of Hope

Flight of the Butterflies

Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time

Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!

May 31 Lupus Fact

While medical science has not yet developed a method for curing lupus, new research brings unexpected findings and increased hope each year.

This is your thirty-first butterfly of hope.

We need awareness and a cure!

Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

#‎LupusInColor#‎ButterfliesofHope#‎FlightoftheButterflies#‎SpreadLupusAwareness