Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Year of Lupus

Yesterday was my 1 year anniversary for getting Lupus. It was the day I cut my leg shaving. Such a small event that happens to everyone at some point started a strange journey in the world of invisible illnesses. I was planning on writing about what a crazy adventure this past year has been, but coincidentally I was very sick and slept most of the day. And today I went to Urgent Care (strangely enough, on the same day I went a year ago) to get a note for work and to get some medicine to make me better.

One of 16,000
I am one of more than 16,000 Americans diagnosed with Lupus this year. That is a huge number. Think of it in terms of pennies. Get a pile of 16,000 pennies together, and you'd have quite a large group of pennies. That's $160 worth of pennies. And I'm just one tiny penny out of a sea of pennies. Did you know 16,000 pennies weigh 100 pounds? That's just a few pounds lighter than I am. It's incredible.

What I've Learned This Year
1. Not all doctors deserve their PhD's.
2. It's better to pay the extra money for good care than choose the cheaper option who won't give you excellent care.
3. Take your health seriously.
4. I am not invincible.
5. Enjoy life, because you never know when you won't be able to anymore.
6. If people aren't there for you when you need them, then you don't really need them in your life.
7. I have more strength and determination than I ever knew.

What I'd Like This Next Year To Hold
First, I'd like to lose another 10 pounds this year. I'll be getting certified to teach an arthritis exercise program next month, so I'd like to start teaching my own class. If my body is up for the challenge, I want to start taking yoga and exercising more.

My Dream Camera: Nikon d5100. Soon my love...
I also would like to keep maintaining this blog. I don't want to let life get in the way of having my voice be heard. I'm still waiting to buy my dream camera (the amazing, incredible Nikon D5100) so I can add pictures and maybe even start adding video to this site. I might have to splurge soon.

Saving up money this next year is also a priority. I would eventually like to move out of my parents' house and start paying my own medical bill. This means I'd better hurry up and graduate by the end of the year. I have a lot of living to do in the meantime.

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