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Lupus and Acupuncture: Using Complementary Therapy to Manage Your Symptoms

  Estimated to be worth over $210 billion by 2026, the complementary and alternative medicines’ market has taken off like wildfire as many seek a wide variety of ways to fight the ravages of illness and stress. Many swear by the curative powers of practices such as massage therapy and acupuncture as ways to assist…

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Lupus and Art Therapy

I was diagnosed with lupus in 2001. At the time, I was in my mid-twenties and scared to death of being diagnosed with a lifelong illness. I remember feeling so powerless, alone and frightened of what it would mean for the life ahead of me. I did not know it then, but realize now, that…

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Lupus and Emotional Health: The Impact of Mental Health Therapy on Overall Well-Being

  It is normal to feel overwhelmed at times. You may feel stressed, anxious, depressed or even angry. Emotions are a part of life, yet at times they are overwhelming.  When you have lupus, a flare, especially when you’ve been feeling pretty decent, can throw you for a loop.  A new diagnosis of lupus comes…

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Managing Other People’s Feelings When You Are Ill

Having a chronic disease like lupus can be difficult, to say the least.  Coming to grips with the reality that lupus is now a thread in the tapestry of your life is scary and extremely overwhelming.  Once you are told you have lupus, you then have to share the news with the world (or at…

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Increasing Lupus Awareness Through Local and National Advocacy

  Advocating for lupus apart from talking with friends, family and your healthcare team may seem like a near impossible task. You only have so many spoons a day and often your good days are spent recovering from yesterday in preparation for tomorrow. It may feel safer to leave the advocating to someone who actually…

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Self-Advocacy and Lupus: Charting the Course of Your Healthcare Destiny

  You’ve been there before. You recently received medical care – and now you’ve received the bill. With each line item, you become more and more confused and may start to question the level of care you received in proportion to the cost in the first place. You may also notice the lab you always…

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Lupus Advocates and Allies – Using Your Voice to Make a Difference

  Are you an advocate or an ally? If you or someone you know has lupus, you have the amazing opportunity to create positive change. Whether you have first-hand experience with lupus and lupus overlap diseases or you are driven to fight for the people who cope with lupus, you are in a unique position…

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Exercise and Lupus – At Home or at the Gym?

  You want to be successful when starting any exercise regime, and you probably want it to be convenient, comfortable, affordable and motivating especially when you are already challenged with lupus. Avoiding additional stress will help you to stay engaged and in a regular routine. You may be asking yourself, however, where’s the best place…

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Yoga and Lupus – Presence of Mind, Presence of Being

I used to think that yoga was a one-size-fits-all program, but that it would never quite fit me. Suffering from back and knee pain, a traditional yoga practice seemed out of reach to me and would only exacerbate the discomfort I already experienced – when it was supposed to do the exact opposite. Now, I…

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Easing into Exercise with Lupus – Stretching Your Way Gently to Fitness

Beginning any exercise routine may seem like an insurmountable feat if you have lupus. Having the energy to throw together dinner or do some laundry can be daunting and can exacerbate fatigue, joint stiffness and pain – so exercise may be the furthest thing from your mind these days. Easing into a fitness routine such…

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