Lupus has taught me to value my health and to take care of myself.
When my lupus flared, I was stressed and overworked. I remember having the WORST class in the entire school (I am not exaggerating). I worked so hard to mange the behaviors in that class, it stressed me to sickness.
In addition to my work situation, my children were young and I was busy being a mom and wife. I wasn’t working out and I was overweight. I wasn’t obese, but I was heavy for my frame.
All of this was a recipe for a lupus flare, which is exactly what happened.
Once I was completely healed and healthy, I vowed that I would not do that to myself EVER again. Although, I cannot control lupus and I don’t know when it may flare up, I am faithful that I can do my part to stay healthy and well.
Currently my lupus is “inactive”. It isn’t in remission but I haven’t had a flare in over 10 years. When I get my blood work done every 3 months or so, it usually shows my lupus is still there but isn’t active (praise God).
I currently have high blood pressure, which could be attributed to the lupus but it also runs on both sides of my family. I am working on improving my eating habits, daily. I have to take medicine to keep my blood pressure down in order to protect my kidneys. Fortunately, this is the only medication I am on at the moment, but that means my doctor monitors me very closely. I also have to be extremely mindful of how I am feeling and reducing my stress levels.
I am sharing this because when you have lupus, you may have to take medicine for the rest of your life. I would love to not have to take any medication but what I am taking is helping me to remain healthy so I will continue to do what I have to do.
How do you take care of yourself? What are things you do to stay healthy?