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Seven Life Hacks for the Chronically Ill

By Carie Sherman In my last post, I confessed that my tendency to avoid chores stressed me out. First, thank you for the suggestions! And for commiserating. It doesn’t matter if you’re sick or not–it’s overwhelming to stay on top of everything. So I did me a lil’ search on Pinterest, and found a few fun tips that even organizationally-challenged folks like me can handle. Enjoy! 1) Need to motivate? I tried this last night. Took a shower. Went to McDonalds. Back in bed. Which after a hot fudge sundae and fries with sweet and sour sauce makes for odd dreams. (If you need to motivate for McDonalds, you’re better off staying in bed.) 2) Grocery shopping. Forgot to make...
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Can Knowing Your Personality Type Help Improve Your Health?

I love, love, love anything that helps me understand why I do what I do. Now that my husband is an educator, he’s introducing me to all kinds of good stuff. Last night it was this website: www.25quiz.com. It’s a slightly different take on the Myers-Briggs test. I took it twice. I’m an ENFP. Without a doubt. On the good side, we ENFPs love people. We have a tendency toward warmness, openness, and are endlessly enthusiastic and value-driven. We’re searchers. We need to feel like we’re being true to our authentic selves. On the not-so-good side (which anyone who has shared an address with me can attest): ENFPs dislike the mundane. Particularly everyday tasks, like putting our shoes away, using...
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September Newsletter

People Of European Of African American Descent May Be A Great Risk For Lupus Lupus nephritis is more common in people of European or African-American descent with two specific genes according to research just published by David W. Powell, PhD, of the University of Louisville, and colleagues in the online edition of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  About half of all lupus patients develop lupus nephritis. The varied incidence rates of the condition between ethnic groups suggests genes may play a role. Vote for LC in Citywide Banks’ Charity Hand-Up Contest LUPUS FOUNDATION OF COLORADO is one of seven local charities nominated in Citywide Banks’ Charity Hand-Up Contest taking place October 1-14, 2013. The Denver/Boulder community is invited to vote for a...
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Attention Future Self: You’re Welcome

Do you ever wonder about the type of person who might be taken over by a cult? Me too. And I bet it’s someone like me. I’m a searcher. I’m always looking for mechanisms for improvement. When the Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglars and Deepak Chopras of the world sleep, they dream of my face, emerging from beneath a halo of dollar signs. I hide my addiction in a bookcase that rivals any self-help section in a big box bookstore. Even my followers on Pinterest–a treasure trove of inspirational gold–remain unaware since the advent of the “secret” board. So what got my attention this morning? A little nugget that shined brighter than all the rest: I love it. It’s quick....
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Grumpy cat kind of day

It’s been awhile since I last wrote. My whatever-the-&*%^-this-is has been flaring, and I’m not a huge fan of my Grumpy Cat alter-ego. So I’ll keep this short. Next week is National Invisible Chronic Illness Week. Have you heard of this? There seem to be some great resources for promoting understanding and awareness of invisible illnesses like lupus. Check it out when you have time and let’s discuss. My health insurance will be cancelled in December after 18 months of coverage through COBRA. I’m self-employed and have been denied individual coverage. My husband is in school for another year, so no group coverage for this girl. Lucky for me, the Affordable Care Act marketplace goes into effect Oct. 1. In...
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August Newsletter

Watch for Connect for Health Colorado marketplace For those who suffer from chronic illness, accessing insurance at an affordable cost is a huge concern. Colorado consumers should know that the insurance climate in the state is undergoing a big change with Connect for Health Colorado. CHC will be a one-stop marketplace where Coloradans can shop and compare health insurance plans.  The goal of the new online marketplace is to increase access, affordability and choice, for individuals and small employers looking to purchase health insurance in Colorado and to provide a simpler, smarter shopping experience. Connect for Health Colorado will open in October, with health coverage taking effect January 1, 2014.  Read more here. More than a support group Delrece Moore Walking...
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Pain Isn’t Optional. But Suffering Is.

Yoga has been a constant in my life since I was 25 when I wanted nothing more than a yogi’s body. It protected my runner’s knees, calmed my spinning mind, and grounded me when I was pregnant. And since I got sick, yoga has helped change me on the inside. It’s taught me about inhabiting–and loving–the body I’m in. Even in perceived moments of failure. Today I received a gift from Bernie Clark, a yoga instructor based in Vancouver, through a 60 minute online yin yoga class called Happy Hips where he spoke about happiness and joy. It’s true, my hips feel yippy skippy. But I most benefited from his words on suffering. I think you might too.   Bernie...
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Progress?

I’m making progress. Not because I’m “realizing” how unhealthy I am physically, but because I published this statement in a recent post:  “I maintain a healthy weight.” The statement is true. Sort of. There were a few months during The College Years when I consumed nothing but fried cheese and beer, and post-baby when those last 10 pounds didn’t instantly melt like it did for some of my friends (“just breastfeed…” they said…”It’ll melt off…” they said. Ha!). Yet, my weight is typically near the top of the BMI “normal” range. And the perfectionist in me hates it. Of course, my brain decided to process this progress at 3 a.m. I woke to obsess whether people who know me would...
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Fatigue! Questions to Ask Your Primary Care Physician

By Carie Sherman When your adventures include autoimmune disease, fatigue is your constant companion. And by “fatigue,” I’m not just talking sleepy. You know the commercial for COPD where the elephant sits on the woman’s chest? That’s what fatigue feels like for the lupus patient. Only the weight of the elephant isn’t just restricting movement and breathing–it’s also restricting your ability to think. Every step you take become scripted events: You literally must think through each action you take once your eyes open. I must have sounded like Rain Man to my many docs, chirping “fatigue, fatigue!” at each appointment. My persistence paid off: Eventually, they helped me discover other issues impacting my health. And I’m thrilled to report it’s...
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Three Healthy Tips for Lupus Patients (And Every Other Human on Earth) from My Friend Michelle

A few weeks ago I introduced you to Michelle, a fellow lupie turned fitness and nutrition pro. She’s graciously volunteered to help me be as healthy as can be. Now, despite my romantic entanglement with high-fructose corn syrup and Red Dye Number 40, I’m a farm kid. I know how to eat well and how to be active. But eating well is hard when your food source isn’t growing just out your front door and no one is there to cook for you. And moving is hard when illness keeps you in bed for days at a time.  But dear Michelle has “been there/done that.” And while sympathetic to my excuses, she knows I can improve my foggy brain, achy...
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