“Put On Purple.” The colors of Lupus are Orange and Purple. So, please show solidarity and support by wearing purple or orange in the month of May and Purple on May 15th..
“Lupus Awareness Month,” is observed to increase public understanding of the unpredictable and potentially life-threatening disease that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans and at least five million people worldwide. Someone in the US is being diagnosed with Lupus every 30 minutes. Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and can damage any organ in the body. Many symptoms of Lupus mimic those of other illnesses, which makes it very difficult to diagnose. Everyone who has Lupus can have different symptoms and different problems. No Lupus patient is the same. Researchers do not know the exact cause of Lupus, but it is NOT infectious, NOT cancerous and you CANNOT catch Lupus by coming in contact with someone who has the disease. It is important to emphasize that a complete medical evaluation by your doctor is essential to ensure a proper diagnosis and treatment. I hope that this gives you, my readers some understanding of the illness. We all have illnesses in our families, and try to give to so many different charities, I indeed understand. After 56 years a new drug that will help Lupus patients became available a few years ago. So we need more funding and support for awareness. Please, Band Together, so we all can Change Lives and join or give generously to the "Lupus Foundation of America." Thank you.
"But You Don't Look Sick." Christine Miserandino has Lupus and is an advocate for people with all kinds of invisible illness. I could not believe it when I visited her site. There were others who had Lupus plus other invisible illness and everyone was finding out information, expressing their feelings, and supporting each other. What a great title to call this website, as that is what everyone was always telling me, “but you don’t look sick” to have Lupus. Christine has hit it on the head, with this web site, where others can find a collection of stories, articles, book information, health resources and it is a very positive place for those who are living with chronic pain. So, needless to say I found a goldmine, I have to say a BIG thank you to my dad who found this article.
"But You Don't Look Sick" family. Christine is the author of “The Spoon Theory”which is a story to explain what life was like living with Lupus, a chronic illness to her friend. She used a “spoon” a normal every day item, so people would understand and be reminded of the small struggles and choices “we” make every day. When you are healthy you do not have to think about every thing you do within a day, such as working, cooking, the walk from your car to the store, or cleaning your house. It is a story about using your energy, choices, and consequences, of every- day life. The Spoon Theory is like our mantra or the secret society of the invisible illnesses. I can identify and support “The Spoon Theory.” Christine and the "But You Don't Look Sick" website has been my go to place where I can network with friends, have a positive attitude, and accomplish my goals.
Thank you for reading my story and I hope this has given you a better understanding of what it is like to have Lupus. “Spoonies” unite and please support our cause.
My recipe this week is a simple and easy dish called “Rainbow Fruit Kabobs.” With Lupus as many other diseases it is important to eat many fruits and veggies. Now as the weather is getting warmer, this will be a sweet and delicious dish to serve your guests, or treat yourself.
“Rainbow Fruit Kabobs”
Ingredients: (You can use any fresh fruit, Organic if you prefer)
Wash and clean all fresh fruit. Cut Kiwi, Pineapple, and Oranges to bite size pieces. Any juice save for later. Clean strawberries, cut tops off. Now just thread the fruit on skewers. You can place them like the photo or you can put them in anyway you prefer. Pour over the fruit skewers reserved juice. Serve on a platter so the rainbow colors all match up…nice and refreshing…Enjoy!
Till next Time……..
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