Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Alliance for Lupus Research Mobile Giving!

There are a lot of great activities and Lupus awareness projects coming from the Alliance for Lupus Research.  Tomorrow is the first day when the mobile giving campaign will be up and running for the ALR, I can't wait to tell you about the great news - especially if you live in the Boca Raton or Chicago areas.

Sunday March 6, 2011 I am excited to share that the Alliance for Lupus Research mobile giving campaign will take place during the Boca Raton Walk.  Text the word "WALK" to 85944 to make a $10 donation Forward this information to all your friends so that they can help too.

Can’t make it to the Walk? Any text donation made between Sunday, March 6, 2011 and Sunday March 13, 2011, will be credited towards the 2011 Boca Raton Walk. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s fun. Help the Alliance for Lupus Research lead the way to find a cure for lupus!

This Sunday (March 6, 2011) is the Alliance for Lupus Research Chicago Wolves’ Lupus Awareness Hockey Day against the Manitoba Moose at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The game starts at 3:00 p.m. with doors opening at 2:00 p.m. Before the game, be sure to stop by the ALR table in the concourse and enter our raffle to win an Anthony Stewart game worn jersey.

For every ticket purchased, $3.00 will be donated to the Alliance for Lupus Research.
In the Chicago area but you can't make it to the game, be sure to watch it on WPWR Channel 50. 11 year old Chicago Walk family volunteer, Gus Kalivas, will be dropping the puck at the beginning of the game!

The Alliance for Lupus Research will also be holding their mobile giving campaign during the game on March 6, 2011  Text the word "Lupus" to 85944 to make a $10 donation or text "ALR" to 85944 to make a $5 donation. Any donations that are texted on March 6, 2011 to the ALR will be credited towards the 2011 Chicago Walk.  It’s quick, it’s easy, it's fun. Help the Alliance for Lupus Research lead the way to find a cure for lupus!  

A one-time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill.  Messaging & data rates may apply.  Donations are collected for the Alliance for Lupus Research by  Reply STOP to 85944 to stop. Reply HELP to 85944 for help.  For terms, see All donations made through this program go to the specific Walk and not towards a specific team.  Alliance for Lupus Research
If you have any questions please feel free to email

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wonder is where you find it...

Barbara Biziou, is an inspiring life coach and author whose books and workshops have tremendously enhanced my enjoyment of life.  Her website offers insights and lessons on how to celebrate today.  Earlier today I received the March Newsletter from Barbara Biziou and I feel compelled to share this with you:

The man whispered, God, speak to me, and a meadowlark sang. But, the man did not hear.
The man looked around, hearing nothing so the man yelled, "God, speak to me! And the thunder rolled across the sky.
But, the man did not listen.
The man looked around and said, God let me see you"
And a star shined brightly. But the man did not notice.
And the man shouted,
"God show me a miracle!" and a life was born.
But the man did not know. So, the man cried out in despair, Touch me, God and let me know you are here!"
Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man, but the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on."

Don't miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the way that you expect.

I know that dreams come true and visions work.  Listen to your world and be aware of everything because you never know where you will find your spirit.  I believe that every thing in my life has come together to help me become the woman I am today.  Still figuring out how to be comfortable in my skin, while living and thriving with Lupus.  I am so much more than the disease.  I am learning how to be who I am a spirited woman who finds healing in many ways.

Tonight I am going to find healing at the El Rey Theater as Veronica Varlow performs with Emilie Autumn and the Asylum.  May you find healing wherever you are.  Happy Wellness!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Lupus Advocacy is important!

I know what it is like to go to Washington, DC to advocate for Lupus Research.  I remember the exhaustion... I remember the sore feet... and I remember why I did it.  I went to our nation's capitol because over 1.5 million Americans have Lupus.  Lupus is one of the lesser-known major diseases in the United States, Lupus is an autoimmune disease that effects each individual patient differently.  If I was on Capitol Hill today I would be joining the team of Lupus Advocates that are meeting with members of Congress, (or more likely, a Health Legislative Aide) today to discuss the importance of funding Lupus medical research by telling my story of what living with Lupus has been like for me the past 28 years.  I would tell you that it may not have been easy but it was "much better than the alternative".

If you have Lupus or someone you know has Lupus.  Please raise your voice and let your Senators and House members know that you are a constituent who is an advocate for Lupus and you vote.  Let your voice be heard...

The Lupus Foundation of America is going to Capitol Hill today to ask for:
Increase funding for Lupus Medical Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Fund the establishment of a Lupus Medical Research Program, established under the Congressionally Directed Medial Research Program (CDMRP), Defense Health Program (DHP), Department of Defense (DoD).

Continue funding for:

The National Lupus Awareness Campaign at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH) which increases public awareness of Lupus in order to increase early diagnosis of Lupus.

The Health Provider Education Campaign at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health (OMH) which increases health professional providers' awareness of Lupus to improve Lupus diagnosis and treatment.

Lupus has a tremendous financial cost to the nation, estimated at $31.4B annually, but the cost of inaction will only make those numbers grow.  We cannot afford to wait.  

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My Review of Junk Food New York Jets Vintage Distressed Triblend T-Shirt

Originally submitted at NFL

Like players need their uniforms, you need your game day gear! The Junk Food® vintage distressed triblend tee looks great whether you're hitting up a tailgate or hosting at home. Your team's script name, logo and "Football" are each screenprinted onto the chest in a distresse...

J-E-T-S T-shirt!

By LA Lupus Lady from Los Angeles, CA on 1/18/2011


4out of 5

Sizing: Feels too small

Pros: Stylish, Shows Off Team Pride

Best Uses: Around Town, At The Game, Watching The Game on TV, Anytime

Describe Yourself: Sports Enthusiast

Super t-shirt! Bought using the Wildcard Network to help support the Jets for Wild Card Weekend ~ my new lucky shirt, it works!


Friday, January 14, 2011

Help me create and share the "Joys of Lupus"

One of my proudest moments of being "LA Lupus Lady" came when I posted the final version of the "This is what Lupus looks like" ~ I hope everyone has had a chance to watch the video that I had the idea for and that together we (the Lupus community!) made and called "This is what Lupus looks like"!

I am already planning the next video project.  Are you ready..?  The next video is going to be called "The Joys of Lupus" I am asking for you and every "Lupie" you know to submit any three pictures that you want to... ~ share pictures that are beautiful and joyful or depressing and ironic as long as you feel the pictures show the "Joys of Lupus" 

1) email pictures to me at 
2) subject line "Joy of Lupus" 
3) please include how you would like to be credited in the video at some point in the body of the email in ALL CAPS
4) submit by January 30, 2011
5) by submitting your pictures to mean, you are allowing me to put them into a YouTube video that will posted online and available for the entire world to see. (you know this already...)

Thank you for supporting this and helping me prove that Lupus Awareness is fun!  Now, all you have to do is smile at a camera and say "Lupus!"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Turning your head...

Changing the way you see things can be as easy as turning your head.  After attending two funerals in as many days, I was feeling a bit of "survivor's remorse".  So when I woke up today I wanted to blog about the idea I have for the next Lupus video compilation project.

I was going to ask each "Lupie" that contributed to the "This is what Lupus looks video" (as well as anyone else who wants to contribute to join our growing Lupie/Spoonie community) to share pictures of "what Lupus costs us" or "how have you paid the price for a life with Lupus"-- possibly including pictures of those who have passed of Lupus.  How morbid and sad!  But that is a truth of what Lupus has cost us--and the world--every time another person with Lupus dies.

I thought about the personal price I have paid for "living with Lupus".  Would I post a picture of a baby with a red circle-slash over it, since my Lupus has provided me with extremely low estrogen and I experienced early onset menopause two years ago?  Now, please don't flood my e-mail or comment box with "there is always adoption", because I can't begin to tell you how much money, time, energy and emotion was spent on trying to become a mom that way.   Can you begin to see the negative spiral?  Who has the time?  Not me!  I am living with Lupus and each minute is precious!  So I closed my eyes, turned my head (my neck cracked!) and when I opened my eyes I realized that by shifting my point of view--even just slightly--the next video project could focus on what I call "the joys of Lupus".  How having Lupus in my life makes me appreciate the little things in a constant, yet evolving, way.

Whether you have Lupus or not, maybe all you should do when you feel the negative spiral coming is close your eyes and turn your head.

Monday, January 10, 2011

"This is what Lupus looks like"

I first heard Toni Braxton say the words "This is what Lupus looks like" at the 2010 Lupus LA Bag Ladies Luncheon, I was inspired to show the world the living with Lupus isn't pretty but it is beautiful.  I asked the Lupus community on Facebook and Twitter to share pictures.  Some "Lupies" asked me what kind of pictures did I want? I did not have any guidelines.  I just said " show me what you want to.  I am proud of this video and of everyone who contributed and shared with me, so that together we could show the world ~~ "This is what Lupus looks like"