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Hi Friends!

It was a busy, busy Lupus Awareness Month in May for me: webinars, lots of speeches and a gala! Loved connecting with so many of you.

The weather is hot as can be in Tampa, so I thought the lemonade in the article below might sound appealing. Stay cool this summer.

Hugs,
Cindy
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featured article |Lemons, Lemonade and Lupus

"When life gives you lemons, cut them in half and squirt life in the eye!" ~Unknown
We've all heard the saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Well, this is not the children's version of get the lemons from the refrigerator, grab the sugar from the pantry, add water, set up the card table by the street and sell that lemonade. Nope, this is the middle-aged (that is, if I live to 116) adult version...clean, but honest. So, let's be honest. Lupus is a big lemon. I'm talking lots and lots and lots of lemonade here. And although I thoroughly grasp the whole idea of turning lemons into lemonade, it just isn't always as easy as it sounds. Think of the mess those kids in the kitchen make to get to the end product, that's a better picture of living with a chronic illness-it's messy sometimes. Think sticky counters, puddles on the floor, and sugar everywhere. Now you're getting the picture.

Yes, living day in and day out with a chronic illness can be challenging, especially because it seems to always require a bit of attention. The good news is that it doesn't have to require all  of my attention. I try to keep most of my attention focused on other things, things that I enjoy, not the lemons. I do not want to be, or like to be thought of as, a professional sick person. "Victim" doesn't sit well with me either. I refuse to be a victim of my illness. I control my life and my thoughts; the lupus gets the respect and attention it needs and demands, but only that much and nothing more. It does not get to be front and center in my life. Quite simply, lupus is only one ingredient, like the lemons in the lemonade. I choose to focus my attention on the other ingredients. Continue reading >>

books |What Cindy's Reading Now    

The popularity of books written for younger audiences, but enjoyed by older readers (like me!) is amazing. This month I'm sharing two of my favorites. The first a must read for anyone who feels they are a bit "different." The second, a soon to be released movie (take your tissues) about teens who meet in a cancer support group.

Wonder
by R. J. Palacio
 

I fell in love with August, the main character, before the book really got going. He has had a facial deformity and been homeschooled. Now the time has come to go to middle school. Having taught fifth grade, I could relate to every person in the book- both kind and unkind. It is a book about striving to treat people better and about forgiveness. Fabulous!!! One of my favorite books of all time.

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green by Speak


Spoiler alert! The teens in this book have terminal cancer and the book is sad. I also found it to be wonderful. Many of the tough questions about life are explored through deep and thoughtful characters.  John Green is an amazing author. He worked as a student chaplain at a children's hospital and his experiences there are evident in the book. Loved it- even sobbing!
 
encouragement
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"Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records."
~William Arthur Ward, author (1921-1994)
About Cindy Coney
Cindy Coney Nationally recognized keynote speaker and resiliency educator Cindy Coney has assisted thousands in moving beyond "coping" with limitations to recapturing joy, balance and freedom through her speeches and pioneering educational training for patients and healthcare professionals. Diagnosed with lupus in 1980, Cindy has traveled the globe to share her story of thriving after a chronic diagnosis. Read more.
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