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Three Things You Can Do TODAY to Make a Difference for People with Lupus

And each takes only a few minutes (and are mostly self-serving). I promise.  1) Go shopping! I’ll be putting my Amazon Prime account to good use this week by specifying Lupus Colorado (under its incorporation name of Lupus Foundation of Colorado) as the beneficiary. In addition to the regular portion of donations, Lupus Colorado will receive an extra $5 for each donation. Learn more. 2) Make room for your Amazon purchases (and have someone ELSE pick up the stuff!). Lupus Colorado depends on your support to help the individuals and families impacted by this lupus. Meet spring with a cleaner house and a do-gooder spirit by donating your unwanted clothes, goods, and household items by calling 303-231-9337. Learn more. 3)...
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Reality check quiz: 5 questions to honestly assess your sleep

By Carie Sherman Lupus presents differently in every person, but one symptom seems to be part of every Lupie’s nightmares: Fatigue. I met with my rheumy yesterday and said—as usual: ”I’m tired.” To which he replied sympathetically: “I know.” But then he did the unthinkable: He suggested a reality check. He said I might never fully understand the whys and whats of the fatigue that seems inherent with autoimmune disorders, even when they’re not actively flaring. Also, my own physical factors (sleep apnea, GERD, arthritis) can all contribute to poor sleep. Dr. M suggested I think about that which I can control. In essence, how my sleep habits impact the quality of rest I receive. So I did some research....
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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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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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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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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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