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By Carie Sherman It’s been too long, but I’m back. And I need your help. First, a quick update. Did you know Lupus Colorado has a new executive director? We said goodbye to Debbie Lynch in 2013, who recently retired after many years at the helm of LC. She’ll be greatly missed, but she’s left us all in great hands. I recently met with our new director, Inez Robinson. There’s one thing I know for sure: 2014 will be an exciting year. Second, I’ll continue to write this blog. We’ve already built a nice community, but let’s be clear: This blog is about you. So think of me as your own personal roving reporter. What information can I provide to...
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The Lupus Card: A Gift from Me to You

By Carie Sherman I’m feeling the stress of the holidays. I bet you are too. Personally, I’ve taken on too much work. And I’m using a crazy amount of energy reigning in my inner Clark W. Griswold. But I’ll be fine, and it’s for one reason: I am the proud carrier of the Lupus Card. And I use it anytime I’m about to: Add to my list of “Must Do’s” Beat myself up about an unrealistic expectation Let myself feel guilty about this failure or that misgiving Throw myself a raging pity party Warning: The Lupus Card is not prestigious. Membership is not recommended. It offers no cash back or bonus miles. But it’s given me something money can’t buy:...
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Three Tips for Forming Good Habits (Like, Tracking Your “Three Good Things”)

By Carie Sherman Last week I wrote about the three good things challenge, and I must confess: I dropped the ball. Or rather, I keep falling asleep way earlier than I intend. I made it through four days and skipped two. So, I’ll be starting over again this weekend. (Do you have anything great to report? Share in the comments below please.) It got me thinking about how we form new habits. Some seem very easy, like finding myself at Starbucks this holiday season to partake of their caramel brulee latte. Other habits, like writing my three good things, are a struggle. So here are a few tips I found on the interwebs that actually seem pretty helpful. 1) Start...
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Five Minutes for Two Weeks Can Change Your Life: Will You Accept the “Three Good Things” Challenge?

By Carie Sherman The science is in and the results prove: A positive attitude is a key to better health. It’s as easy as taking five minutes for 14 days to reflect on the good stuff. I recently heard a researcher from Duke University speak to an audience of physicians about using the science of mindfulness to combat a bigtime problem people in health care face: burnout. And I walked away with a tool–and a challenge–for us chronically ill sorts. A Scientific Formula for Increasing Your Own Resiliency I’ve never met a more resilient bunch than the people I know who have lupus. But day after day of feeling hungover (sans awesome levels of consumption the night before) can leave...
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Colorado’s Anti “Puffing” Law Impacts People Living with Chronic Pain (And Other Thoughts I Should Be Forgiven For)

By Carie Sherman Holy change in weather, batman! I’ve been hurting so badly and had no idea why, until my mom reminded me that Grandpa Harold always said he knew when the weather was changing because he felt it in his bones. And then there’s my BFF, who doesn’t have an autoimmune condition yet complains of pain and weakness in her bum knee. Poor girl. Her bum knee is the result of having an airhead for a “spotter” who let her fall and tear her ACL during cheerleading practice. In my defense, I had a Tootsie Pop in my hand. Who knows what might have happened if I’d been a good spotter? Maybe she’d have had to cut a lollipop...
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November Newsletter

Remember Lupus Colorado On Colorado Gives Day Mark your calendars and tell your friends! Colorado Gives Day is right around the corner. On Dec. 10 your donation to Lupus Colorado will be leveraged by the Community First Foundation. For 24 hours, donations will be accepted through the websiteColoradoGives.org. Please log on on Dec. 10 and support Lupus Colorado! “Colorado Gives Day puts Colorado’s non-profits in the forefronts of people’s minds,” said Lupus Colorado Executive Director Debbie Lynch. “It’s an opportunity to reflect on what causes are important to you and give — knowing that your money will be leveraged and the impact of your gift made greater.” Colorado Gives Day is an online giving initiative created by the Community First Foundation and...
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Three Books That Helped Me Feel Better

By Carie Sherman The last few weeks have been stressful. Good stress, which included much needed social time and fun new work projects, but I fear my body is on the brink of a shutdown. Thank goodness for the weekend. My plan is to hang close to bed and exercise my DVR. And finally give some attention to the stack of magazines and books piled on my nightstand. Which got me thinking about three books that I enjoyed recently. And thought you might like too. (Bonus–each is available on Kindle!) 1) Despite Lupus: How to Live Well with a Chronic Illness by Sara Gorman. This book has it all–from dealing with the emotional impact to talking with your doc to...
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Lupus Life Lesson: Say Yes to Help. Say No to Toilet Water.

By Carie Sherman I was at the store yesterday and noticed a woman struggling. She was literally strapped to one child and had two others dangling precariously from the red plastic car that doubles as a grocery cart and weapon of mass destruction. One child yanked packages of Oreos from a cardboard display while the other two howled. The woman, clad in three-inch heels from what I can only assume was a long and arduous day at work, balanced on one foot while trying to juggle large containers of juice. I offered to help. She looked at me and smiled. Then she thanked me, refused, and kindly told me “she’s got it.” And she totally did have it. Of that,...
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October Newsletter

LC honored by Colorado Healthcare Communicators Debbie Lynch (third from right) was honored as Professional of the Year by Colorado Healthcare Communicators. She is supported by (left to right) administrative assistant  Gayna Warren, board member Carol Wright, board member Peggy Gibson, blogger Carie Sherman, (Lynch), special events contractor Rhonda Jackson, communications contractor Michelle Ancell. Lupus Colorado was honored with three awards at the Colorado Healthcare Communicator’s Gold Leaf Awards in October. Executive Director Debbie Lynch was named Professional of the Year by the Colorado Healthcare Communicators. “The board and staff at Lupus Colorado know the outstanding work done by our President and CEO Debbie Lynch,” said Carol Wright, Chair of the Lupus Colorado Board of Directors.  “Her tireless efforts on behalf...
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Health Insurance for the Chronically Ill

By Carie Sherman If you’re like me and can’t buy health insurance because of your medical conditions, take note: Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, we cannot be denied coverage. Here is what we chronically ill sorts need to know about purchasing individual and family coverage through our state’s marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. What’s Connect for Health Colorado? Connect for Health Colorado’s website serves two purposes: selling and teaching. On Selling: As of Oct. 1, 2013, you can apply for health insurance from this site. You won’t actually have coverage until Jan. 1, 2014, but you can see what’s available and learn how to purchase it. Two things I liked: 1) You will be able to compare plans side-by-side, including how...
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