Today is World Lupus Day! 5/10/16

Today is World Lupus Day!

Please make a donation to one of the many Lupus Foundations. Lupus affects 5 MILLION people globally. We need to find a cure. Also, we need more research for new medications that can help Lupus patients deal with this disease.

I believe that someone knows someone who has Lupus. Let's get the word and awareness out to the world about it! Be a warrior and do something. Stop the silence!

Smile, smile more and cherish yourself!

Aimee

 

May is Lupus Awareness Month

Lupus Awareness Month Facts

* All of this information was taken from the Lupus Foundation of America

Lupus Awareness Month is observed during May to increase public understanding of this cruel and mysterious disease that ravages different part of the body. Spread the word and share these facts on your Facebook and Twitter. It's important to educate the world about Lupus.

May 1. Lupus is an unpredictable, chronic autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body.

May 2. In lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system, the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs. The result is the production of autoantibodies that cause inflammation.

May 3. Ninety percent of the people who develop lupus are women, though men can also develop lupus and their disease can affect some organs more severely.

May 4. Most often, lupus develops between ages 15 and 44.  However, between 10 and 20 percent of cases develop during childhood and these cases can evolve into serious health complications more rapidly.

May 5. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans are diagnosed with lupus two or three times more frequently than Caucasians; however, lupus affects people of all races and ethnicities.

May 6. Lupus is not contagious and cannot be “given” to another person. 

May 7. To make a lupus diagnosis, doctors evaluate a patient’s current symptoms, lab test results, personal medical history and family medical history.

May 8. Lupus can affect any organ system of the body, including the heart, kidneys, lungs, blood, joints and skin.

May 9. The malar, or “butterfly” rash on the face is present in an estimated one-third of people with lupus. This flat, reddish rash across the bridge of the nose and cheeks often is the only outward symptom of lupus (though other signs and symptoms might be present).

May 10. Though all pregnancies of women with lupus are considered “high risk”, advancing technology and a better understanding of the disease have improved pregnancy outcomes. Today, 80 percent of women with lupus symptoms that are not active can have successful pregnancies.

May 11. Lupus is not a form of arthritis, but many people with lupus do suffer from joint and/or muscle pain

May 12. Among people with lupus that affects the skin, poor mental health is common and has been found to be similar or worse than mental health among those with type 2 diabetes, recent heart attack, heart failure and high blood pressure.

May 13. People with lupus have two times the risk of developing cardiovascular disease than do people without lupus.

May 14. Nearly 3 in 4 people with lupus surveyed (76 percent) said fatigue limits their ability to participate in social activities.

May 15. An estimated 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide are living with lupus.

May 16. Factors that may trigger a lupus flare include infections, ultraviolet light, stress, some medications, environment with some still unknown.

May 17. Many symptoms of lupus imitate those of other illnesses, and can come and go over time, making diagnosis difficult.
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May 18. Based on a recent study, it takes an average of six years for people with lupus to be diagnosed from the time they first notice their lupus symptoms.

May 19. A majority of people with lupus surveyed (63 percent) report being incorrectly diagnosed. Of those reporting an incorrect diagnosis, more than half of them (55 percent) report seeing four or more different health care providers for their lupus symptoms before being accurately diagnosed.

May 20. First degree relatives of people with lupus (parent, sibling or child) have six times the risk of developing the disease.

May 21. Sensitivity to ultraviolet light (present in both sunlight and artificial light) affects as many as two thirds of individuals with lupus, and may cause fever, debilitating fatigue, joint pain, rashes and other symptoms.

May 22. Of the 23 percent of people with lupus who experience severe lupus flares, all or most of the time over the last three months, 40 percent were admitted to the hospital at least once during the past 12 months, with an average stay of 10.5 days.

May 23. 40 percent of adults with lupus and as many as 66% of all children with lupus will develop kidney complications.

May 24. Almost three-quarters (74 percent) of caregivers report that caring for someone with lupus has an impact on their work productivity.

May 25. More than half (55 percent) of people with lupus surveyed whose work is affected are working part-time, intermittently or are unemployed because of lupus.

May 26. People with lupus usually are encouraged to engage in appropriate daily exercise to maintain muscle and bone strength, but they also need to balance exercise with rest.

May 27. On average, the annual cost of lupus, including expenses related to treatment and loss of productivity, exceed $20,000, and can increase to $63,000 if the kidneys are involved.

May 28. People with lupus take on average nearly eight prescription medications to manage all of their medical conditions including lupus.

May 29.  About half of all people with lupus will experience a serious infection during the course of their disease.

May 30. As many as 60 percent of people with lupus will experience some type of memory problem, such as recalling names, dates and appointments or balancing a checkbook.

May 31. With current methods of therapy, 80 to 90 percent of people with non-organ threatening lupus can look forward to having the same lifespan as people without lupus.

Smile, smile more and cherish yourself!

Aimee

April is Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month and has been annually for the last 22 years. People with Lupus, like myself need to manage their stress levels in order to prevent from having a Lupus flare. Here are five things that I do for myself on a daily basis to control my stress:

  • Breath- I just take take 10 deep breaths every morning. I do it after I wake up or I incorporate it in my stretching routine.
  • Get Moving- I make sure that I move every day and I have my Apple  iWatch keep track of my steps. My steps are usually between 6,000 to 10,000 steps daily.
  • Laughter- I always make sure I have at least one good laugh a day. I enjoy watching Seinfeld in the evening. It relaxes me and I get a good laugh from the show. Remember, humor can help melt away your stress and bring a positive vibe to your day. Also, it can calm down your stress response.
  • Get Connected- I try to connect with at least one friend a day to just talk and relax. It reduces my stress levels and it benefits my state-of-mind.
  • Assert Yourself- It has taken me many years to learn how to say "no," and to ask for what I want in my life. Learning to become more assertive is a good thing because if you "don't ask you don't get."

In honor of Stress Awareness Month, take some time out to get more informed and become better at recognizing your stress levels. It is key to learn the importance to reduce the stress in your life. You will become a better person and in return you will have peace and harmony, which equals happiness.

Smile, smile more and cherish yourself!

Aimee

 

Taking a mental break is important for both your mind and body

The last few weeks have been very hectic for me. I feel blessed that I have been able to publish my book: BUTTERFLY GIRL, My Lupus Journey. Now, the hard work begins...Now, I am my own agent, social media coordinator and spokesperson. It's going to be challenging, and I have never stepped down from taking a challenge in my life. We all must persevere and I will continue on with my journey. 

Now that I am busy, I believe it is good to take a 5-minute break from the noise on a daily basis.

Here is how I do it

I take a five-minute break from the noise on a daily basis. If possible, go into a room that is very quite, such as bedroom or an used room. I close my eyes and savor the peace and quiet. Also, I repeat my mantra to myself to calm my mind and body.

Why it matters

Noise pollution is all around us, and it weakens our body's immune system and it even increases our heart attack risk. Taking a short break from the noise will help reduce your stress and the good news is it will increase your productivity and efficiency. 

Smile, smile more and cherish yourself!

Aimee

 

 

My book is finally published and available on Amazon.com

I must say that it's been a long time coming, but my book Butterfly Girl, My Lupus Journey is finally published. The whole entire process of writing a book, editing, publishing, promoting and branding yourself is an experience within itself. I am very grateful for the experience, but it was a very challenging one. I learned a lot and look forward to working on my next book. 

I believe that my book will help change a lot of people's lives for the better. I look forward to sharing my experiences, and having an impact on the way that they think and act about their health.

People need inspiration and a "Balance Formula" to help them create the type of healing for themselves in order to control their disease/illness. Read my book and you will found out how I accomplished that goal in my life. "Health + Happiness= Peace + Harmony"

Enjoy the book and please leave me feedback. I would love to hear what you have to say. 

March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month

During the month of March, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association is celebrating National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month. Autoimmune diseases affects more Americans than Cancer and remains one of the top 10 killers of women under the age of 64. 

Please take notice that of the 50 million of our friends, family, and co-workers who suffer every day with one or more of the 100+ autoimmune diseases and introduce you to the "We are 50 Million." 

Did you know the following facts?

  •  50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease comprising a major U.S. health crisis
  •  Autoimmune diseases target women 75% more often than men and they are one of the top ten killers of women under the age of 64.
  • There are 100+ autoimmune diseases including: LUPUS, Crohn's Disease, Celiac, Addison's disease, Vasculitis, Vitiligo, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Autoimmune diseases can be hereditary
  • Less than 13% of American's can name an autoimmune disease

For more information please go to the website at www.aarda.org

Watch my for Butterfly Girl, My Lupus Journey coming soon...

My journey…I’ve been living with Lupus for over two decades now, and it’s taught me how to live my life in a positive, mindful, and healthy way. Back on February 6, 1996, I was diagnosed with SLE Lupus. There is no cure for Lupus. I went through hell and back. I finally decided to use my mind to change my matter (body). The last five years living with my Lupus has changed dramatically for the better. I am finally feeling like my old “self” again. I am healthy and happy. I’m here now in the present to share my past, present and future with the universe. I believe if I could change my life around with an illness, you can do it too!

What I learned from my journey has altered my life forever. I believe that I can change and help your life too! Reading my book and downloading my positive sheets can start you on your own positive, healthy, happy, spiritual wellness journey.

My life changing moment help me realize that I can live a healthy, happy, spiritual and wellness life. I am deeply connected with my faith, exercise, diet, writing, mediations and charity work. I learned that one’s mind is connected to one’s body.

Finding balance is key to being successful in healing yourself. Many measures or “pins” that you’ll read about in my book have helped me grow into the “well-balanced person that I am today.

Remember, “I have no fear, I will persevere” is my daily motto and I choose to share it with you!

Patience

This week, I needed the patience of a saint. I was uploading my book and I ran into a major problem with the sizing of my book cover. At first, I panicked and then cried. I was devastated and thought that the universe was working against me. But then, I put on my big girl positive attitude, and thought about how to have patience in this situation so that I could get through it with flying colors. 

I believe by learning and practicing patience in your life it will allow you to make a conscientious choice to give up control of a situation and be in alignment with your expectations of your own reality. By modeling this and thinking about the power of patience and how one's exercised it in the past, it may give you a new perspective on a current situation.

As a result of modeling my patience this week. I have come up with a solution to fix my book cover. Now, all that has to happen is that my plan of action works. Well see soon...I'll report back on my Blog.

Almost done with my book Butterfly Girl, My Lupus Journey

I haven't written here on my Blog for a few weeks due to trying to finish up with my book. It takes a lot of effort to write a book, especially if your self-publishing it like I am trying to do. Once the book is completed, then you have to edit the book, which is a whole other experience. Once you have your book ready, you choose where you want to publish it. I chose to publish it on CreateSpace. I chose CreateSpace because I am rolling out my book in two formats; Hardcover an eBook form.

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to share my journey of having SLE Lupus for the last twenty years. I hope that my message of inspiration and hope comes through to many people who have Lupus or people going through a chronic disease.

I am thrilled to start my motivational speaking to inspire and help others. I am really looking forward to 2016. It's going to be an awesome year! I hope once the book is out and available on Amazon and my web site you will enjoy reading it.

Self-Care Tips for Good Health

Greetings Healthfullicious Friends,

We all need to take care of ourselves and we know the best person for the job is you! I have listed a few tips for self-care which are beneficial in creating a "healthy you."

Tips:

If it feels wrong, don't do it.

You should say "exactly" what you mean.

Don't be a people pleaser.

Trust your instincts.

Let go of what you can't control.

Don't be afraid to say "No."

Be kind to yourself.

Love

I try to incorporate all of the above tips on a daily basis, which leads to me have a peaceful and balanced life. Discipline and focus comes into play when remembering how to care for yourself. Try it, you might like it, and see how your life changes.

Smile, smile more and cherish yourself!

Aimee

 

Things to give up for the New Year and stick with for 2016

Greetings Healthfulicious Friends,

I decided to think about the things that are holding me back for 2016, and I decided that I would try to give up the following in order to achieve my goals this year.

They are the following:

  1. Stop doubting yourself
  2. No more negative thinking
  3. Stop fearing failure
  4. No more criticizing others
  5. No negative self-talk
  6. Stop procrastinating
  7. Stop fearing success
  8. No more people pleasing

I believe if I stick with these 8 proclamations for 2016, I will be successful in achieving my goals. I am excited to start doing these things and incorporating them into my daily routine, along with my Transcendental Meditation.

I will be updating my Blog on how I am doing with my proclamations all throughout the year. 

You are what you believe!

Smile, smile more and cherish yourself!

Happy New Year 2016

Greetings Healthfullicious Friends and Happy New Year,

I am saying good-bye to 2015 with a big smile and look forward to having an awesome 2016. This past year was difficult for me on a personal level with a few family issues. I did my best trying to resolving them. I believe if you do your best everyday, and live in the present moment, then that's all you can expect of yourself.

This January, I am starting a goal notebook and in my goal notebook, I am writing down my goals for the following:

  • Health
  • Financial Wealth
  • Relationships
  • Business
  • Spiritually
  • Charity

I intend to overcome my fears and achieve my goals by doing my daily rituals, releasing my bad habits and reinforcing my good habits. I will continue with my Transcendental Mediation twice a day. I believe doing all of these positive things will help me achieve my goals.

I look forward to 2016, it's going to be a great year for me. I know it because I believe it!

Remember, you believe what you are. 

Smile, and smile more

 

 

Merry Memories

Greetings Healthfullicious friends and Merry Christmas,

Try to reflect on your favorite memory of Christmas, today. What's your favorite memory you have? It could be something big or something small in scale. It matters because recalling your favorite memory forces you to actively look at positive experiences you've had, which can help motivate you to look forward to the future. It just so happens that when we recall fond memories, we re-experience positive feelings and have a greater sense of belonging and meaning in our lives. 

Smile on this Christmas day with your favorite memory in mind.

 

Holidays

Holidays are a time of joy and love. However, they can put a lot of stress on anybody or a relationship. People have many parties to attend, awkward moments with families and in-laws and gift situations. There's a lot to navigate, and you know it to be true that the holidays aren't perfect, but once you let go of the fantasy, then you can relish in them. Here are few tips on how to let go:

  • Unwind when you can
  • Pace yourself with parties
  • Relax about the gifts
  • Don't force anything you don't want to do

One idea I have about Christmas is to invite all of my friends over for a warm and friendly meal, and no family may attend. People would eat, drink and relax with one another. The rules are no negative talking and no gifts. It's a joyous, festive occasion for friends. 

Christmas is a time to open our hearts and to have special memories. I'm definitely going to try my idea out one Christmas. It sounds perfect for the holidays.

My experience with Transcendental Meditation

My Transcendental Meditation experience was life changing for me. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to reach another level of calmness, inner peace and harmony in their life. It has benefited me in the following ways to have more...

  • Calmness
  • Focus
  • Clear Thinking
  • Peacefulness
  • Happiness
  • Balance

My experience from TM has taught me to have a better understanding of my mind/body connection. The saying "You are what you eat" reigns true for the saying "How you think, is how you act." As I write in my book, "Butterfly Girl", MY LUPUS JOURNEY attitude and perception is everything that affects your life.

I believe we need to nurture our minds as well as our bodies on a daily basis. The body/mind are one. Being kind, loving, calm, and focused are all elements that allow us to become whole as a person. My definition of being whole is someone who is healthy both mentally and physically. This is what Transcendental Mediation has done for me. 

Give Thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving, and I believe that it's important to look back and reflect on all of things you are grateful for in the past months of 2015. It shouldn't matter where you are in your life, you should always be thankful for what you have. Life is a blessing filled with friends and family and it's important to communicate that message of thankfulness to them.

We are all blessed on this earth to have our healthy lives. There are many ways to give thanks this Thanksgiving.

Here are a few ways to give thanks: 

1) You can leave a hand-written note for a loved one around the house.

2) Write down what you are thankful for, whether ii's mediating, journaling, word of the day, daily walks or exercise.

3) Give thanks for the food you have on Thanksgiving, and be grateful for the nourishment it provides for your body.

4) Be kind to people and give them compliments. A compliment can give a lot of gratitude to a person in need of one.

5) Thank the universe for what blessings you have received this year.

These are simple ways to be thankful and incorporate them into your daily routine. Wishing everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

Remember, smile and smile more!

 

I'm going to learn Transcendental Meditation, and incorporate it into my daily life.

Greetings Healthfullicious Friends,

What is Transcendental Mediation? 

It's a technique for detaching oneself from anxiety and promoting harmony and self-realization by meditation, repetition of a mantra, and other yogic practices, promulgated by an international organization founded by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (circa 1911-2008)- Transcendental Meditation-

In one week from today, I am going to learn how to do Transcendental Mediation, and incorporate it into my daily life. I am excited to learn how learn to reduce the stress in my life which has affected both my body and mind. 

It is suppose to reduce my stress hormone called cortisol which can cause negative symptoms, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorder, and other illness. -National Institutes of Health-

The less cortisol I produce in body it equals less stress and anxiety. I hope to gain from Transcendental Mediation at least a 30% drop of my cortisol levels according to recent research. It would benefit me greatly. Currently, I have a lot on my plate and my blood pressure is elevated. I need to learn how to eliminate the stress from mind and body.

I look forward to letting you know how my experience with it will be.

Remember, smile and smile more!

The Power of a Good Affirmation

Greetings Healthfullicious Friends,

I start out on a daily basis saying,  "Thank you universe for this blessed day. I am happy and healthy. I can do and be anything I want in my life."

These affirmations, I created on my own. I've read and listened to many spiritual healers like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay and Rhonda Byrne who have inspired me to have a healthy and positive outlook on life. 

I find that repeating one or all of my affirmations listed above helps me in good times and in a time of need. It's helpful if you repeat it throughout your day. So give it a try and see if first you enjoy doing it. Once you start doing it on a daily basis the result will help you change your life in a positive way.

Also, I like to give myself a positive word of the day. I try to use that word throughout my day to achieve whatever goal I'm trying to accomplish. For example, I'm working on my Lupus book, and I need to stay focused. My word of the day is determined. I remind myself throughout the day to stay determined which will allow me to stay on track with my writing in a positive way.

I hope this helps.

"Smile and you can change your day"