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The Facebook “Complaints”….

This is not for anyone specific, but just for my own sanity.
It seems like FB is being more and more used for people to whine and complain about how either FABULOUS or how TERRIBLE their lives are.
In my opinion, FB should be used as not only an outlet to let out frustrations but to also for memories, pictures, connecting back with those TRUE friends in your life and to spread awareness about certain issues that are close to the heart.
I know I do speak about my SLELUPUS, but in no way shape or form do it do it to gain sympathy or pity from ANYONE. I do it so I can spread awareness that LUPUS IS A REAL DISEASE. It is not laziness, stress, complaining, being a hypochondriac or Rheumatoid Arthritis SLE LUPUS is an awful auto immune disorder in which my body physically ATTACKS my own body and the cells that keep a “normal” person healthy. I am in a CONSTANT battle for MY LIFE. I cant just pop a pill and the numerous injections I take do NOT take it away. I WILL NEVER BE FREE FROM LUPUS! It affects my liver, kidneys (which I recently found out I have mild kidney damage), vision- I have Macular Degeneration in both eyes and a glaucoma which I need to have surgery) keep in mind that I am ONLY 33 and have the immune system of someone in their 80’s, I now wear glasses to see things far away, Lupus causes extreme weight loss, eats away muscle and bone in your vital organs and joints, which is why I have had 2 knee surgeries, a wrist surgery and stomach surgery and MOST of all have a tendency to ruin friendships, relationships and pushes your loved ones away from you, because TRUST me If you do not have LUPUS, YOU will NEBER understand. Period, end of story.
Yes I have a triple diagnosis- SLELUPUS, Optic Neuritis and R.A but I get up everyday, smile and am grateful that I woke to see another day.
So next time you think your life is so horrible because things that day were not perfect or you were late to your job, just remember, there are people like me, and many other of my close and real friends that can not work. Be thankful for the small things in life. and for the big things, for you never know when they might be taken from you like mine were in October 2007…
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Girls are like …

Girls are like apples…the best ones are at the top of the trees. The boys don’t want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they just get the rotten apples that are on the ground that aren’t as good, but easy. So the apples at the top think there is something wrong with them, when, in reality, they are amazing. They just have to wait for the right boy to come along, the one who’s brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. ~Unknown

During a flare this is how I feel:

I really do not like flaring when it is so nice outside. These are the days that I wish I was healthy, well healthier that is.
So many people take their health for granted. There are so many things I CAN do but there are so many more I COULD do if I was healthy and not living with Lupus. Lupus is NOT arthritis, you can live with Arthritis, Lupus is NOT laziness, I am NOT lazy. Lupus is NOT stress. Lupus is a diagnosed Auto Immune Disorder where my body attacks EVERYTHING that a normal person has to fight off illnesses. My body is CONSTANTLY in battle with itself. YES I can trick myself into pretending I am not sick during a flare but usually that leads to hospitalization, which is where I am NOT going. Yes I am frustrated that I am not able to enjoy this day to its fullest, but there will be so many more days just like today, only better……
All I can do is just keep smiling :))))))