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

Be Gentle

Be gentle with yourself as you battle lupus. You’re trying and if it takes you longer than you thought to achieve something or get somewhere that’s okay. Don’t compare yourself to others or who you were before lupus, because not everyone gets to where they need to be right away. You’re alive that’s what matters. Keep trying, keep fighting, because so far you’ve beaten lupus 100% up until this living day. #LupusInColor

Lupus Holiday Pouches

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Lupus In Color is providing Lupus Pouches for the holidays for lupus warriors that have monthly IV infusions. If you are a lupus warrior that gets IV infusions or you would like a lupus pouch for the holidays, please visit the link below, answer the questions, enter your name, email address and mailing address to sign up. The first 50 lupus warriors will receive a pouch. Below is a view of what a pouch will look like. Each pouch will contain items to help through infusions and rough moments with lupus. Limit 1 per household.

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EffUCeeKay Lupus

I could complain about what lupus does to me, but what will that solve? I’ll say this though… Lupus you summummabish, I can’t wait until you rot in hell! You sick twisted bastard! Kick rocks barefoot and kiss my cocoa brown ass as I get up when you try and knock me out. You hit like a bitch and I’m shaking that crap off and continuing to live. EFF-U-CEE-KAY You Lupus! That is all. I think that was more productive than woe is me. I feel so free! *Flinging the mic across the room* … mumbling dis bitch gonna have me choke her out…. #LupusInColor

Purpose In Change

Once you are diagnosed with lupus your life will change. It doesn’t mean it changes for the worse, but it will just change. Things that used to mean so much, will be replaced with things that you need to survive. People that used to take up so much of your time with nonsense, will be replaced with people that work to give your life meaning. The simple things in life will become the best things you’ve ever seen and life as you know it will be filled with special moments in pain that become the best times in your life to grow stronger. Life after a Lupus diagnosis will change, but it doesn’t mean it changes for the worse. Make it your duty to take every moment for what it is. Get up after you’re knocked down, wipe yourself off and begin again. You have changed and it’s okay. Your life still has meaning and purpose in your change. #LupusInColor

Deliberate Self Care

As you battle lupus you can hit some serious emotional ups and downs. You have to deliberately invest in some form of self-care and make sure it’s something that you know will help your mood. Also, remember that tomorrow is another day. #LupusInColor

Manage Lupus

4 Steps to Manage Your Lupus for Life

1. Learn About Lupus – Learn as much as you can about lupus and the effects it can have on your body. Don’t be overwhelmed or angry as you learn. Since lupus is a disease of varying issues it’s important to know that every lupus journey is different.

2. Know Your Lupus ABCs – A Know ALL of your tests and levels. Work with your doctor to find out what tests they are taking and why. Keep on track of your levels as they show inflammation and other things that happen in your body. B BLOOD PRESSURE If your blood pressure gets too high, it makes your heart work too hard. It can cause a heart attack, stroke, and damage your kidneys and eyes. C CARING for your self. Find out how you can properly care for yourself while battling lupus on a daily basis.

3. Learn How to Live with Lupus -It is common to feel overwhelmed, sad, or angry when you are living with lupus. Learn to cope with lupus through limiting your stress, eating healthy, being active and sticking to the plan of treatment every day.

4. Get Routine Care to Stay Healthy – See your health care team to find and treat any problems early. You will see many doctors, so make sure you are communicating well with every doctor and keeping them in your lupus loop together. Don’t feel intimidated to be your best healthcare advocate.

#LupusInColor

Healing

Healing from lupus is not only in the cure. Although the cure is the optimal desire, healing comes mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically with the mini miracles you receive daily. #LupusInColor

Crock Pot Recipe

Crock Pot Chicken

6 Chicken Breasts

6 cut up Green Onions

1 Regular onion

1 Green Pepper

4 cut up Whole Carrots

2 Cups low sodium chicken broth

Season the chicken with your favorite seasoning. Cut up ingredients above throw in the crock pot. Pour chicken broth to cover. Set on low for overnight cooking ( I set it for 6 hours).

Can be enjoyed as a soup you can add noodles last half hour of cooking or a protein over a bed of rice with vegetables on the side. Leftovers can be used for chicken salad wraps and sandwiches.