Category Archives: Blog – Living with Lupus

Carrie Sherman writes about her experiences living with lupus.

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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Before You Complain About Your Doctor(s), Again…Please Read

By Carie Sherman I spend a lot of time with doctors. For more than a decade, I have written for physicians and count many as clients. In fact, earning the respect of my physician clients has been one of my greatest achievements as a writer. And like any good lupus patient, I spend my free time in waiting rooms—a primo place for people watching that delights the writer in me. It’s easy to recognize the regulars. They smile. They look relaxed. They knit, read, play video games, stare unapologetically and take notes (okay, maybe that’s just me). But newbies are far more fun to watch. While I’m usually entertained by a freaking out newbie, a lady yesterday infuriated me. What began as...
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Intervention – An Update and an Intro to a Fellow Friend in Lupus

By Carie Sherman A few weeks ago, I humiliated myself by sharing my food intake. My confession was accompanied by a vow to eat five fruits/veggies daily. I’ve stuck with it and—surprise, surprise!—I feel better. My stomach again growls, and I’m hungry for something besides high-fructose corn syrup. Thanks to everyone who responded on Facebook, and my friends who sent me texts ranging from “REALLY?!?!” to “No wonder you sleep so much” to “You’re gonna get fat and I’m going to laugh.” And special thanks to two people who made this dietary change much easier to swallow. First, thanks to my meat-and-potatoes-husband who has prepared and eaten more salads in one month than he did during 2006. Second, thanks to...
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Creating Your Own Formula for Good Health

By Carie Sherman People much smarter than me could tell you how everything in the universe follows a mathematical equation. And although this is likely a complete misapplication of the theory (math was never my best subject), I have a suggestion: Find better health by determining the right formula for you. I’m a writer. As such, I enjoy studying the craft. If you look at uber-popular contemporary authors, you’ll see they tell stories using their own unique formula. Their readers pay good money to find out that the small-time lawyer will defy odds and expose the evil corporation. Love will conquer all for the impossibly good-looking 20-something widower and the beautiful yet damaged rich woman who just moved into the...
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Food Intervention!

By Carie Sherman This is my self-imposed INTERVENTION. Over the last few years, my illness has forced me to make changes. Big ones. Some were for the best—like going freelance, rediscovering yoga, and simplifying (pretty much) everything. Some changes were the worst, like no more running, becoming a social recluse, and needing more naps than my toddler. Like it or not, these changes have kept me in relatively good health. A health I’m very much enjoying, thanks—in NO part at all—to my terrible eating habits. My brain and body know good food leads to good health. Yet I keep making bad choices. Excuses, Excuses Some are fairly-legit. Brain fog makes me forget to eat. My meds kill my appetite. Having...
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Paging Dr. Crane: Your Patient is Now Sulking in Room One

By Carie Sherman I admit it. Some days I feel sorry for myself. My most recent funk started at a family dinner. I went from being engaged and interested to being a spaced out, slightly crabby, vacuous lump. Thankfully, Dr. Frasier Crane helped me snap out of it. That evening I was flipping channels, trying to find something inane to capture my unreasonable mind, still mad as heck though not sure why. I had seen this black mood before. By now, my brain knows better than to launch into a state of Why Me. So why was I again so mentally miserable? Frasier had it all figured out. It was really quite simple, he said. You aren’t mourning the fact that...
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Memorial Day Weekend: Avoid Flares and Enjoy the Sun

By Carie Sherman First things first—thank you for the gracious support you provided through Lupus Colorado’s Facebook page. (Have you been there? If not—GO. It’s awesome!) You’ve given me the confidence to keep going with this blog in the hope that together, we can help other Coloradans dealing with issues of the auto immune. I love this holiday—a chance to remember and a chance to celebrate my favorite season. I’m a summer girl. Bleached hair, tanned skin, dirty feet—that’s who I am. Well, used to be. My days of sun-up to sun-down outdoor antics have become rare. But that’s okay. I’ll address the boo-hoos and emotional mind-messing in a later post. Since I traveled last weekend and am beyond exhausted,...
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Diagnosed. by Carie Sherman

It was August of 2011. I had just returned from a weekend at the beach with my best girlfriends. We spent three days lounging like lizards with drinks in hand, carrying on as if we were 21 again. I returned a hot mess. After a week of what I believed was worst hangover ever, I turned to my primary care doctor. After my exam, she suggested I see a rheumatologist. I can’t remember asking her why. I trusted her, so I went. Man, rheumatologists take a LOT of blood. By the time I went in for my follow-up, I’d convinced myself my diagnosis would be extreme laziness. After all, I’d just changed careers. Moving from a relatively stressful corporate job...
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