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Day 2 of the Lupus Inspo Challenge for 2020 focuses on this quote:
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style- Maya Angelou
Oh, what a quote so fitting for me on a day I am struggling to get over my lupus flare that has been raging since before Christmas. The past few weeks have been incredibly difficult for me physically and mentally. I suffered from a horrible trigeminal neuralgia flare and a lupus flare the day before Christmas. Even though I am currently on a Prednisone taper and my usual arsenal of Plaquenil, Methotrexate, and Benlysta; I am STRUGGLING.
So, this quote pretty much sums up how I feel today. I am surviving…barely….but am I thriving? There is a huge difference in being alive and really living. I find that when you struggle from a chronic illness like lupus, some days it is hard to find that spark within us to keep on pushing forth.
The goal of this post is to focus on something that you have become incredibly passionate about since your lupus diagnosis. This could be a favorite hobby of yours, your family, your job or any other person or thing that keeps you going on your worst days.
Since my lupus diagnosis, I have become more passionate about loving my family and appreciating everything, through the good and the bad. My husband and two boys are the foundation to my life. Without them, I am not sure that I would have the strength and resiliency I have had since being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and later kidney cancer.
I cherish the days that I have with them because I know that we all have a limited time in this world and that has been amplified by being diagnosed with lupus. I want to try harder and work harder to better not only myself but my family as a whole. They are seriously a major driving force to what I am able to accomplish or how much I believe in myself.
Do you have a certain person or hobby that helps support your growth as a person and as a lupus warrior? How does that person or hobby make you feel? Do you think that you would feel the same had you not been diagnosed with lupus?
Take a few minutes to reflect and spend about 10 minutes journaling on this topic. I hope that you are able to see that there is a difference in us simply waking up every day and us truly living. We may not be able to physically do a lot most days, but there are many people and things that we can nurture to motivate us to live a little more.
Happy Friday and I wish you all the best and healthiest of weekends!