Hello, fellow Lupies. I’m sorry it’s been so long – I actually couldn’t remember the password to this blog (must have been perpetual brain fog) and have been incredibly busy. Lots of good updates and new information will be posted soon.
At the beginning of this year I was sick, out of a job, in a failed marriage and completely miserable and hopeless on every level that a human being can be both miserable and hopeless. My life has taken a significant turn upward, though. I hope this gives some of you out there who need it hope.
Currently, I’m in as much of a remission as I’ve ever been. (My idea of remission is to be fuctional. Still have good days and bad days, but I’m functional. That is a HUGE achievement in of itself.) I’ve completely cut out processed food from my diet (save some inevitable pizza and ice cream indulgence that is payed for dearly in terms of how I feel.. but it saves my sanity a little sometimes 🙂 ). Alcohol is completely out of the question – even a glass of wine. Within 12 hours of consuming one drink I’m so awful and ucky feeling it’s just not worth it anymore and, quite frankly, I don’t miss it one. bit.
I’m currently working as a contractor for the Army, which involves spending a lot of time outside in the sun running around in the woods. This has made staying on top of the lupus and eating healthy a significant challenge these past couple of months, but I’ve managed to make it through the worst of summer with my health largely intact. See this Lupus rash article for more on this.
With the help of my amazing boyfriend, Matt, the farm is in the process of an organic and self-sustainable (with regard to food production) overhaul. We’re currently working on building goat sheds and a chicken coop using recycled materials (read: pallets. Cheap, earth-friendly construction. And by cheap, I mean every single one of them has been free.)
I’ve learned a LOT about managing the illness this year and am really excited to share some of the new information with you, along with some killer recipes. Hope those of you who are suffering and those of who are angelic enough to take care of those that do are maintaining your sanity. If you aren’t, hopefully the next few articles will help.