Around this time 3 years ago is when I received a life changing diagnosis, I found out I had a Lupus and Sjogrens. This turned my world upside down. A few days before receiving the news I was enjoying myself in the pool for Fourth of July, battling how sick the sun would make me and confused with why I couldn’t bend my fingers. That is what ultimately sent me to a specialist and started my parade of 7 doctor appointments a week I couldn’t accept being sick, I couldn’t understand why my body would attack itself this way. I was DETERMINED to find away. A way to relieve my pain, a way to live a normal life, a way to love myself again. During an appointment with a specialist (a Neurologist for my neuropathy) he gave me a lead to plant based living and a doctor that did this to heal herself from Lupus. That is when my mission began. I found the way to feel better now I just had to execute it.
In this picture you see a huge smile. I smile about being able to wake up in NO pain, I smile about being able to open a door knob, being able to open water bottles, the ability to turn my steering wheel and the ability to hold a pencil! Most recently, I smile about being out in the sun. Photosensitivity was one of my worst symptoms. This summer I ventured to the beach and am happy to say I had NO reaction. I smile about being symptom free from Lupus and Sjogrens. I smile about the second chance I was given. (a special thank you to @kishsawhp for being able to capture this)
I was able to do this through changing my lifestyle. I live a plant based lifestyle in what I eat, I make sure I get enough rest, I manage stressors, I workout, drink plenty of water and don’t consume anything processed.
If you have an autoimmune disease know that you can help yourself through lifestyle changes. You just have to give your body the tools to do so.
I am off now to shop for veggies, and play with my puppy #goodbyelupus #lupusflarenomore #lupus #lupusawareness #lupusflare #lupuswarrior #lupusawarenessmonth #lupusproblems #lupussucks #lupusfacts #lupuslife #lupusfighter #lupuschick #lupussurvivor #lupusstrong #lupussupport #lupustruth #lupusadvocate #fucklupus #sjogrenssyndrome