… facing another year.

I don’t know how long I’ve had Lupus… Seriously? I could have had it since childhood? My Mom and I were actually just talking about this the other day. It seems I’ve been unhealthy since I was quite young. However, my symptoms have progressed as I’ve gotten older. They say lupus is usually diagnosed between the ages of 15-44. That’s a pretty broad span!

I was diagnosed at age 48, just days before my 49th birthday. So here I am facing my 1 year Anniversary. Lets just put it out there: “I want a divorce from this evil disease!” I mean, isn’t turning 50 bad enough?

My specialists know that I HATE taking pills. They know I choose to live with a lot of pain before succumbing to more medications. They also know that I hate relying on STEROIDS. (Although, sometimes the pain gets so bad I just don’t have a choice).

So here’s what I’m facing in 2018. My Rheumatologist says my medications aren’t working. She has given me the option of choosing from two other medications. Both are more toxic to my body.

So my goal for 2018? I decided it will be my year for healthy alternatives! My blog? A place for me to share healthy ways I experiment with, to make my life easier. If you have Lupus or an autoimmune disease, you may want to follow my progress? I’ll be sharing the good, the bad, the ugly.

So if this sort of thing freaks you out? Turn away now. You’ll see me on my good days, and my bad days. You’ll notice I look different quite frequently, lol. But… if we can’t be honest and authentic, then we can’t help ourselves or others.

We gotta know who we are… and love ourselves the way God does. He created us for a reason, right? We ALL have trials. It’s just, “What path are we taking?” Are we following his path for our life? Or a man-made path?

I’m not going to lie. 2017 was an AWFUL year for me! It was discovery, denial, and mourning all rolled up in one! It was feeling deserted by God… and then remembering the strength and faith of Job. It sucked. But I got thru it STRONGER.

Now it’s time for me to put on the good fight, for as long as I possibly can! I’m going to find the healthiest version of living with Lupus (for me) that I can. I’m dedicating 2018 to experimenting, studying, and making healthier choices. I’m not sure if any of you will want to follow along. It’s mostly a diary of sorts. A glimpse into my life…

Day 1 of 365…My healthy change for today? I need to start drinking green tea. Many times I’ve tried to make this a habit. Sometimes this habit would even last a day! Ick, cough, choke… I DON’T like the taste of green tea! But alas, here are some major reasons I want to add green tea to my diet!Antioxidants AND Improving my brain function are top on my list. I have problems with Lupus affecting my CNS. So any help with my brain is a PLUS!

“塔蛤 If I only had a brain蛤蛤” Scarecrow.

Lol!!! Hey if we can’t laugh at ourselves, who can we laugh at? So here was my idea for today .

Why not pour my hot dark roast coffee (y’all know I love my coffee) over a green tea-bag? What would it taste like? Maybe it would mask the tea taste? I would get double the benefits! Because drinking coffee helps with age-related mental decline.

Yay me! A win-win!So I did!!! Here I am with my Yummo dark roast coffee! 儭 Coffee is one of my best friends! Oh yah! I speak the truth. I let the tea bag steep for a few minutes, and squeezed the bag before whipping it in the trash bin. But first? I took my first sip! Eww! Still BITTER! But better. I think I’ll be able to handle it. At least a couple cups a day, which is better than none!

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