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lupus and the holidays Health More 

Lupus and the Holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time for many people but especially for those living with a chronic illness like lupus.  I find the holidays to be one of the most stressful times for me personally and also a time when my lupus flares become more active. Dealing with holiday events, cooking, decorating, and planning a holiday with kids always seems to stress me out but even more so since I was diagnosed with lupus a few years ago.  Last year, I dealt with a horrible trigeminal neuralgia flare at…

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bloq uv review lupus Health More 

BloqUV Sun Protective Clothing- Lupus Lyfe Review

If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably have noticed that I am a huge advocate for sun protective clothing.  One may even use the word OBSESSED to describe how much I love and advocate for sun protection clothing.  As a lupus warrior, it is extremely important for us to utilize any protection from the sun that we can.  I am honored to have had the chance to review BloqUV sun protective clothing recently. I was really excited to review this specific brand because I had…

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BloqUV Sun Protective Clothing Unboxing

🦋Hey warriors! If you have been following my blog, you know how serious I take sun protection these days. You also probably know that I love doing reviews lol. 🦋 💜I received a special package from @bloquv and I am so excited to share my unboxing video with you all!💜 ☀️I will be reviewing these products soon and sharing my review on my blog & on my social media accounts so make sure to stay tuned☀️ 📍Bloq UV is also offering 20% off to my followers if you use my code: LupusLyfe20…

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fibromyalgia or lupus Health More 

Is it Fibromyalgia or Lupus?

Fibromyalgia and lupus are both chronic and painful diseases that mainly affect women.  Many people question whether they have lupus or fibromyalgia.  Some patients find after years of searching for answers, they are diagnosed with both fibromyalgia and lupus.   It is important to understand the differences between these two illnesses due to variation in treatments and prevention of inflammatory damages that could be caused from lupus. What is Fibromyalgia? According to the American College of Rheumatology, fibromyalgia is a common neurologic health problem that causes widespread pain and tenderness.  Fibromyalgia…

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ibkul upf Sun Protective clothing review Health More 

Ibkul UPF Sun Protective Shirts- Perfect for Lupus Warriors

I received this product in exchange for an honest review.  While this post may be sponsored, all opinions are my own and you will find my honest review of this product below.   I recently wrote a post on why sun protection is extremely important for people with lupus.  After making the mistake of forgetting my sunscreen on a trip to my doctor’s appointment, I deeply acknowledge how forgetting my sunblock can easily and quickly cause people like me to experience lupus flares.  This has caused me to experiment with more…

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lupus sores Health More 

Why is Sun Protection Important for Lupus Warriors?

Lupus is such a crazy disease. Last Wednesday, I had my appointment to go over my post cancer scans. I had to drive a little over an hour each way. Running late as usual lol, I forgot to put on sunscreen before I left. I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal because I wasnt actually going to be out in the sun ‘like that’. But you see, lupus had other plans. That night, I noticed I was slightly sunburned only on my left arm. I then broke out in…

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better sleep with lupus Health More 

Tips for Getting Better Sleep with Lupus 

I cannot wait to share this sponsored post with you!  When fellow blogger James from SustainablePlanet.ca. asked me to share his new tips on sleeping better with lupus, I was so excited because I knew that you would love it!   What is lupus? Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the body’s organs and tissues.  Widespread inflammation caused by lupus can affect your skin, joints, organs, brain and blood cells. For this reason, lupus is characterised by a variety of symptoms all over the body,…

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first post cancer scans Health More 

Results From My First Post Kidney Cancer Scans

This week, I finally had the appointment I had been waiting for, my first post cancer scans.  Since having a kidney tumor and a small part of my right kidney removed in November of 2019, I have been anticipating this scan for a variety of different reasons. First, obviously I wanted to make sure that my Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma was not back.  You may have heard the term “Scanxiety” used before and let me tell you, it’s a real thing. I went and saw my awesome uro-oncologist and…

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lupus and high white blood cell count Health More 

Lupus and a High White Blood Cell Count

For the last 3 or so years, I have been experiencing lupus and a high white blood cell count.  Having a high white blood cell count and lupus is not something you hear about often.  In fact, one of the criteria for a lupus diagnosis is actually the opposite.  Over the last few years, my white blood count has ranged from 12k-24k. In early March of 2018, my rheumatologist ran some routine blood work.  It was noted that my white blood count was high again.  They decided it was time…

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epstein barr virus and autoimmune diseases Health More 

Epstein-Barr Virus and Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are a set of complex body disorders with no clear pathological causes. Recently, many research studies have linked the Epstein Barr virus as a potential causative agent. Before understanding the link between the Epstein Barr virus and autoimmune diseases, let’s have a brief introduction about these two entities.   Autoimmune Diseases: An autoimmune disease is the one that causes the body’s immune system (that is meant to defend the body organs) to start attacking its own organs. The immune system is the defense force of body which protects…

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