Balance

As you battle lupus it’s all about balance. Balancing your eating habits, your workouts, your spirituality, your mental space, your time, your relationships, your stress and your life. If you don’t have some sort of balance you’ll be in a forever flare. #LupusInColor #Educate #Inspire #Encourage #Empower

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! I know that this time of year can be hard for you as you battle lupus. You may have lost loved ones due to lupus issues and complications or you’re just getting through a difficult time or are still going through some rough times. It’s hard for me too, I understand what you’re going through! But, I feel so blessed to be able to reflect on the memories and cherish the love of my family and friends that are still present in my life. Today, don’t focus on your pain but on love. Sometimes we can focus so much on what’s missing, what’s hurting in this lupus fight and forget to see all that is good and all the love right in front of us. I suggest if you are feeling down today try giving some love away, first start with the person in the mirror, it’s a great spirit lifter and motivator. Be blessed, be encouraged and be a blessing! #GiveSomeLoveAway #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

Love Yourself Beyond Lupus

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh~

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It can be a very hard task to love yourself beyond the pain that lupus brings, but it is necessary. There are a couple of steps that you can take to begin the process of just loving who you are beyond lupus.

1. Begin your day with love.
In order for you to get through the hard days you have to start your day in meditation and positive thoughts to saturate your being with love. You have to spend time focusing inward daily to clear the path to a better day beyond your pain.

2. Speak happy over you.
Yes it is difficult to deal and fight lupus day to day, that is the reality. You have to use positive affirmations sometimes just to get the day started in the most productive way you can. Don’t continue to self criticize yourself and make your moments even more difficult than they need to be.

3. Get honest with how you feel.
You have to get honest as to how you feel about your battle with lupus. Acknowledge those feelings and begin to process them so you can begin to heal emotionally. The masks you place to hide lupus must be removed in order for you to heal emotionally to deal with lupus positively and purposefully. Realize how important your emotional state is to healing your body beyond the constant pain.

4. Allow yourself to relax.
Breathe, relax and let go. It can be hard with the pain but it is necessary to stop fighting against yourself in order to understand and deal with your emotions during pain. You have to let your body and spirit rest before your body and mind force you to.

5. Be patient with yourself.
Stop blaming you for things that you had no control of. It is not your fault that you have lupus. Don’t be so hard on yourself that you create a double fight with your body and spirit. Be patient with yourself in going through the process of dealing with a chronic illness.

6. Accept Uncertainty.
Lupus is so unpredictable and as a warrior you need to accept that. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but it has to be accepted so you can live in your present moment in peace.

7. Forgive yourself.
Forgive yourself for being your harshest critic during your most difficult times. Having lupus is no easy feat but forgiving you for not being able to do when you want to will give you the strength to accept it all and move peacefully in your moments. Forgive yourself for judging you in the times when you need to love you most.

8. Be Real.
Be real about how you feel at all times. The time has come to stop hiding behind the masks of lupus. Be real with how you allow yourself to be seen, known and heard. Get comfortable allowing people in your world of lupus pain so you are not creating a super human to those who misunderstand what lupus is.

9. Focus on the positive.
Get in your head and heart that you are amazing beyond lupus. Yes you have pain which can create some major setbacks, but you are still able to fight.  Get positively in tune with you.

10. Seek professional help.
Lupus is hard to deal with and it can create in you a self-rejection and neglect that can be extremely painful. You deserve to be happy beyond lupus. You have a right to be accepted and loved by you. If necessary, seek help from a support group, counselor or coach. It will be the best investment you will make.

Loving yourself can be one of the hardest things to do while battling lupus. We get down on ourselves and notice every flaw. We focus on who we used to be instead of the greatness of who we are in this moment. You have to work at reconditioning your love of self. Begin to do what you need to do to make yourself feel good to make yourself happy. Don’t try  and be perfect, but be proud of who you are beyond the limits lupus imposes.

~Racquel H. Dozier~  #LupusInColor

The Purple & Black Masquerade Ball

THIS EVENT IS HOSTED BY MAKING LUPUS LOOK GOOD

FOUNDER OF LUPUS IN COLOR, RACQUEL H. DOZIER WILL BE GUEST HOSTING THE VOICES OF LUPUS PART 2 OF THE EVENT

“The Purple & Black Masquerade Ball.” will encourage people to “unmask the pain” of not only lupus, but of ALL invisible illnesses…

The Purple And Black Affair a 3 Part semi-formal/formal event, in the beautiful Grand Ballroom of The Patrick Henry Hotel. Doors open at 6pm with a “Lupus Awareness Social Mixer.”

Your $50 ticket will include one full plated sit down dinner, prepared by sponsor “Black Water Creek Catering,” and access to the three following events for the evening…

At 7pm, Part 1

“Laugh For A Cause” Comedy Show, with guest comedians: Winston Hodges, Patrice Deveaux, Micah Bam-Bamm White, and Hosted by Comedian/Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Advocate Lady Shamar.

Part 2: “The Voices Of Hope” will be hosted by guest Lupus Advocate & Founder of Lupus In Color,” Racquel Dozier, and will be filled with sounds of encouraging spoken words from our guest poet Monique Wells “The Plus Poet.” Neo Soul Sounds from our guest artist, Zhe AQueen & The Good Vibe Tribe…And will end with a final performance by our special guest Motown R&B recording Artist Kevin Ross.

Part 3 “Midnight At The Masquerade” will be an evening dance lasting until midnight, with music from guest DJ C Milli, and guest DJ Rob Stacks…

This event will be an evening to remember, filled with comedy, couture, live music, education, inspiration, and so many other surprises…

One Night. One City. One Purpose.

Bringing awareness to Lupus and Invisible Illnesses. 💜

Limited tickets will be available for this event due to maximum capacity allowance in the ballroom. Get yours while you can.

#MakingLupusLookGood #LupusInColor