Selena Gomez is Not Alone in Fighting Lupus!

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In the news today it was announced that Selena Gomez is taking some time off to care for herself in dealing with the effects of lupus.  Good for her!  She is not alone in fighting this disease and is, in fact, one of a growing number of us affected by an autoimmune disorder.  Yes, I said “us” as I am counted in that number and can speak to the fight that she is going through.  I am happy that she is speaking out and doing what she needs to do for herself.  We all need to do that, although it’s not easy and it’s not always even possible.

Facts & Figures:  Autoimmune diseases are one of the fastest growing categories of disease.  To put this in perspective and recognize the widespread impact it has, cancer affects up to 9 million people and heart disease up to 22 million.  According to estimates (below), 50 million people may be affected by an autoimmune disease.  Despite the vast number of people affected, funding for research into this area of health is woefully inadequate, as are treatment options.  It is estimated, and expected then, that direct healthcare costs are double those of cancer.  Continue reading “Selena Gomez is Not Alone in Fighting Lupus!”

Health Habits and Hindsight

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As a person with some health issues, I would really like to share some insights into the value of taking care of yourself.  Believe me, I completely understand that daily life and obligations can so easily take over our time and energy that it’s easy to put our health (both physical and emotional) on the back burner.  Take it from someone who has learned the hard way, it’s the one thing that you cannot undo.

When I was younger, I could do anything at all!  I was invincible.  I was married, had a job, had kids, had a 2nd job, took care of the house, kids’ school and sport activities, all the things that we do and take for granted.  What was the one thing that I neglected to do?  Yep, take care of myself in the process.  When I was younger, not as much emphasis was placed on physical activity or good-for-you foods, and we certainly didn’t make time for mental health (yoga, meditation, stress relief).

Just keeping up with our obligations and a few of the things that we really want to fit into our schedules can take up all 24 hours of our day, but I want to impress on you the importance of taking care of yourself in the process.  Continue reading “Health Habits and Hindsight”

To Sleep or Not to Sleep?

I don’t know about you, but I have trouble sleeping (to put it mildly).  From the many stories about sleeping that are in pretty much every magazine I pick up, I’m not the only one.  It appears to be a significant problem for a lot of us.

I know that there are lots of reasons to account for it, but to me, it doesn’t matter what the reason is.  The fact that I’m still awake in the middle of the night is a problem.  I don’t know about you, but once I wake up, even just a little bit, it’s really hard to go back to sleep.  My mind starts working, I have all these brilliant ideas that I wish I had during the day, and I think about all the things I wish I had done or said differently.  So what do you do when the clock reads 1:36, 2:40, or 3:15 and you just want to sleep?

Well, I read a lot about sleep hygiene.  That always sounds funny to me; like you’re supposed to brush your teeth while you sleep.  They are actually ideas that you are supposed to incorporate to induce good quality sleep. Continue reading “To Sleep or Not to Sleep?”

Love a Rainy Day

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Just like in sports, sometimes our life needs a rain delay.  Nobody thinks twice when unexpected rain interrupts our plans.  It changes our day, slows us down, allows us to take a break from our planned activities.  It’s an excuse to stop and reevaluate what we were going to do.

Sometimes, in our life, we need to take a rain delay.  It’s especially handy in the summertime when we are so busy all the time trying to take advantage of every nice day and every possible activity.  It’s like we feel guilty if we just stay inside or choose to watch tv or read a book in the house.  We should be outside enjoying the weather, enjoying the sun, right?  Not always.  Sometimes you just need a break and it’s perfectly okay to do that.  Take a rain delay and enjoy whatever it is you feel like doing, even if it’s absolutely nothing…no guilt allowed.

No Regrets

I think we all live with regret.  Every day.  Some of us are hard-wired to suffer from it more than others, I believe, but we all have it.  From the easy things in life (like that extra cup of coffee or piece of cheesecake) to the harder things in life (like choices we’ve made about more important things).

We make decisions all day long, from the time we wake up to the time we fall asleep.  We make a decision about getting out of bed at all!  Most of our decisions are easily made, either because they’re not that important or because we make them out of habit with really not much thought at all.

It’s those decisions that come back and bite us that I want to talk about.  I like to think that we all make important decisions consciously, with the best outcome in our mind.  Unfortunately, even the best thought-out decisions don’t always have good consequences.  It’s in those instances that we tend to beat ourselves up the most.  We think to ourselves that “had I done this differently” or “if only I had done that instead” until we become immersed in the mindset that it is our own fault that things worked out the way they did.  Someone told me once that it’s arrogant to think like this.  What makes us think that OUR decisions and actions are the sole reason that things turn out the way they do?  When I thought about it like that, I actually felt much better about the situation that I was dealing with.  I’m hoping it may help you out as well.

Another mantra that I found helpful is to repeat the following:

The past is over and I did the best I could at the time.

This is SO powerful!  I think we all carry guilt along with regret when we believe that we could have or should have done something differently. This statement, repeated over time, allows us to forgive ourselves and move on in peace, with no regrets.

Do You Have the Patience to Be Patient?

It’s said that being patient is a virtue. Is it really or is it just a good idea?  According to Wikipedia:  A virtue is a trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being.

 I’m not sure that morals have anything to do with being patient, but everyone around me seems to be striving to attain this trait.  It’s supposed to be healthy, lengthen your lifespan, make you an easier person to be around, and help your heart.  So I figured I should try to be virtuous … and patient.

I’ve tried and I’ve tried to be patient over the years, but have never quite succeeded.  When I was young, I wanted to be old.  When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be in high school.  When I was in high school, I wanted to hurry up, get married, and be an adult.   Finally, I wanted my babies to hurry up and grow out of each phase and into the next…until they did.  You get the idea. Continue reading “Do You Have the Patience to Be Patient?”