MAY 2014 - National Lupus Awareness Month
Hello My Wonderful Friends,

In honor of Lupus Awareness Month, I've dedicated this issue to those living with lupus and those who love them. I know other diseases and challenges touch many of you who read this, but I believe you might find some of the information fascinating and, hey, it is an awareness month and I want you to be aware! And on May 8th I'll be hosting a free live webinar,
Live Beyond Lupus: Five Steps to HappYness. See below for details.

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featured article |Confused Little Warriors
At the conclusion of the speech I gave on Living Beyond the Limits of Chronic Illness, one of the lovely ladies in the back row of the audience raised her hand and asked a question I hear all too often, "What is lupus?" The reason I feel I hear the question too often isn't because I mind answering it; it is because I wish everyone knew what lupus is. Yes, we've come a long way in efforts toward raising public awareness. Many people have now heard of the disease thanks, in part, to television shows mentioning it beginning with the actor Hugh Laurie as the title character in the television drama House. I think each week when Laurie's character said, "It is not lupus," I jumped for joy because millions of people were hearing the word.

Here's the interesting thing: More people have now heard of the disease, but they still do not understand what it is. So, for all of you who have been waiting with baited breath for me to do the big reveal and tell you what lupus is, here goes: Lupus is an autoimmune disease. Hopefully, each year you get a flu shot. When you get that shot, your body makes antibodies to the flu and, later, when you are exposed to the flu, those antibodies (our body's little warriors) attack the invading virus so you don't have to miss work for the flu. The whole process is seamless, invisible and, in most cases, oh-so-efficient. The miracle of the human body.

Here's where it gets a little tricky. With lupus and other autoimmune diseases, instead of an outside invader Continue reading >>

event |May 8th - Live Webinar with Cindy  
Free Live Webinar
Live Beyond Lupus: 5 Steps to HappYness
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 ~ 4:00 p.m. Eastern 
LIVE WEBINAR: Lupus Awareness Month is an annual observance each May to call attention to lupus and its impact on the lives of millions of individuals and families. As my gift to all of those affected by lupus and other life changing illnesses and challenges, I will be hosting a live webinar, Live Beyond Lupus: 5 Steps to HappYness. (If you follow my blog, you already know I always leave the happY in happiness!). During the webinar I'll share with you specific steps you can take to increase your HappYness and fulfillment in life...after all, we all just want to be happy, illness or not!

CLICK HERE to register for this free live webinar.

books |What Cindy's Reading Now    

This month with the focus on lupus, I thought it would be fun to share lighter books that I read when life seems a bit overwhelming. Each book was recommended to me by a friend impacted by disease; one friend lives with a recent diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, one suffers the affects of lupus, and one is a mother whose son has cystic fibrosis. Lovely women all!

So, when your mind needs a break from the challenges of everyday living, check out these titles:

The Rosie Project: A Novel
by Graeme Simsion
Sweet, touching and at times laugh out loud funny. Enjoy the book as an awkward genetics professor sets up a project to find a wife.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel
by Robin Sloan

Named best book of the year by NPR. Toss together a bit of mystery, a bit of technology and a cadre of likeable "nerds" and you're on your way to a fun and entertaining read.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
A Novel by Maria Semple
I found this story both charming and funny. As the story winds from agoraphobia to Antarctica the quirky mom touched my heart.

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Where's Cindy?

Cindy will be a featured speaker at the following events in May:

Lupus Patient Education Event May 10th in Phoenix, AZ.

Regional Health Symposium May 29th in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Read Cindy's latest blog entries:

The Adventure of Plan B  04-28-2014 

Life is Good - 04-14-2014
"As with many life-altering events, an autoimmune illness is almost guaranteed to cause you to re-evaluate your priorities."

~ Joan Friedlander
Author of Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease
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