Friday, April 24, 2015
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
I'm excited to head to New Jersey this weekend for the HealtheVoices15 conference!
Sponsored by Janssen, in conjunction with Everyday Health, the weekend is jam packed with great speakers and break out sessions that would make any health blogger jump for joy. The folks at Janssen are graciously taking care of expenses for the weekend, and they have been extremely mindful of those of us who needs breaks, naps, and extra rest. The weekend is busy, but not overwhelming. Full, but not hectic.
I can't wait to meet up with the other patient advocates attending, as well as some of my fellow health bloggers. I'll be sure to report back on any other blogs you should check out, and any juicy details from the weekend.
Thanks again, Janssen, for the invitation to join you!
Friday, April 10, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
This latest article from the LFA on genetics and lupus is a really good one. I had to read with courage, though. With two young daughters who have a very real possibility of getting lupus since I have it, I had to focus on the positives of the article, of which there are many.
1) Every year counts: I know firsthand how different the outlook is for lupus patients from the time I was diagnosed until now. In the past 14 years, we have more options to treat the disease, the increase in research has allowed for a better understanding of what the disease even is, and the increase in awareness has allowed lupus patients to talk more openly about the disease, connect with others who can relate, and has ideally increased the level of sensitivity of friends, family, and coworkers. The prognosis HAS gotten better, and will only continue to improve. Thus, when future generations are diagnosed, the outlook HAS to be better.
2) It's never a guarantee: Just because I have lupus, doesn't mean the girls will definitely get it. There's a chance, but it's not for sure. Bottom line.
3) The main point of the article - that researchers are zeroing in on genetic markers that indicate who gets lupus - is a huge step in the right direction. To quote the article, "If genetics research advancements continue on the same trajectory, medical experts might one day be able to look at a person’s genetic profile, predict the risk for developing lupus, and maybe even stop the disease before it begins." Can you imagine?!?!
Enjoy the article below -- and remember to focus on the positives!
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
The first I heard of this was last week, when a friend of mine told me about a sign he saw in a subway station in London. Makes you want to get up and go do something, doesn't it?
We've known this for years - that moving your body is good for you. I feel it when I work out. I see it when I don't. I especially notice it in my aging, sedentary family members. This article from Forbes, Is Sitting the New Smoking? is a good one. They cover more than just sitting - check it out when you have the chance, and feel free to check out the snippets below:
Here's another article on moving, titled Rise up against the Sitting Disease, from Reader's Digest, offering quick solutions to moving daily. A lot of these, I like. Some aren't feasible with aching joints, but the one I really appreciate is this:
Don’t wait until the weekend to clean your home; spend some time every day tidying up. Dusting, doing laundry, vacuuming, and washing windows can all use up about as many calories as taking a spin on a bicycle. An extra hour of cleanup per week burns enough calories to trim four or five pounds in a year.
I like this because we personally try to do this in our house every day. Not necessarily the heavy duty cleaning like windows or bathrooms, but we do pick up every single evening. When I do it, I get a jolt physically - by lifting, sorting, organizing, and putting away. But equally as important, I see the mental benefits of keeping the house neat and tidy. It's good for the kids. It's good for me. It makes our home a nice, comfortable, environment to be in. It makes me more productive. It makes me feel more productive. It puts us at ease. It encourages conversation. It allows for creativity. It makes us happier, healthier people.
So, want to give cleaning up a go in your house, or maybe you're already decluttered for Spring?! Let me know your secrets, if so!
Friday, March 27, 2015
The geometric design is a new look for the pillfolds, and the sea green color is a great variation on one of my favorites. There's no hiding my love of all things blue!
Here you can see the rest of the blues in the Pillfold collection. I call them my Sea of Blue!