Featured

Lupus – A Kaleidoscope Disease

Our use of the term “kaleidoscope” is purposeful in characterizing the many diverse and shifting medical facets and symptoms of lupus as an illness as well as describing the variety and beauty of those living with the disease. Introduction Why is lupus a kaleidoscope Disease Scleroderma Rheumatoid Arthritis Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Raynaud’s Phenomenon Sjogren’s…

Read More

Lupus and The Human Touch: Massage Therapy for Symptom Management

  As someone with lupus, you may feel like you’ve exhausted all of your options for symptom relief. You may have grown weary of trying one prescription after another and while you may experience some benefits, it may not be enough. You may still find yourself struggling with the aches, pains and stiffness that comes…

Read More

Lupus and Acupuncture

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 in…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Living with Lupus: Managing Other People’s Feelings When You Are Ill

Sometimes the hardest part of telling others that you have lupus is managing how they deal with your news. Read more about the complex emotions that can arise from a lupus diagnosis. Introduction Fear of the Unknown Vulnerability Trust Jealousy Guilt and Shame In Conclusion   Introduction Having a chronic disease like lupus can be difficult, to say the…

Read More

Increasing Lupus Awareness Through Local and National Advocacy

Advocating for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) when you are dealing with its symptoms can seem daunting. There are ways you can advocate, however, that still can garner the attention this chronic illness needs while taking care of yourself in the process. Introduction Preparing Yourself for Advocacy The Many Shapes of Advocacy In Conclusion Introduction When…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Stretching Your Way to Fitness While Living with Lupus

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…

Read More