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Lupus: Friend or Foe?
Lupus: Friend or Foe?

As many of you may know, I was diagnosed with lupus nephritis 5 years ago. Through the tears and severe pain early on, along with the impending prognosis of “In 5 years you will most likely be on the kidney transplant list”, from my specialist at the time( that was 5 years ago), I have managed my symptoms which have allowed me to live a full and vibrant life. It was certainly a rocky time for me but today I do not suffer from fatigue, joint or muscle pain, or hair thinning.

At first, to be honest, it was so difficult to come to grips with a health care provider who had fallen into such a critical and devastating illness. Lupus nephritis with multi-organ involvement. I did not want to share it with anyone except my immediate family. I thought, ” Where did I fail, how could this happen to me, I’m a healthy, organic eater, I exercise, and so on and so on.

Why would anyone want to be my patient, look at me. Let’s not mention the depression and intense sadness at my supposed prognosis, my 30 lb weight gain from the fluid retention due to my kidneys, the whopping doses of prednisone, hair thinning, and moon face. I couldn’t even bare to look at myself in the mirror, I was unrecognizable.

I probably should have gone to therapy. But I didn’t. As soon as my foggy brain and pain resolved from becoming gluten free, I delved very deeply into the healing of my body using all the tools I learned as an integrative practitioner. I experimented with various supplements, vitamins, functional testing, you name it, I was my own science lab. I have never looked back nor have I looked or felt better.

My life today is full, I work out 4 days a week, lost all that weight and more, and barely have to maintain my weight today due to my diet. This consists of not only of being gluten free but I also have tested myself for other various food allergies that can silently or not so silently cause inflammation . My goal was to protect my kidneys, decrease all inflammation and eat whole, raw foods along with juicing and green smoothies in the morning.

Now, I won’t lie, it is not easy to think about every single thing that goes into my mouth, making sure I incorporated self care into my daily regimen, and trying not to slack in anything. That’s a huge request, but my body wouldn’t allow anything else.

Initially lupus was the enemy, but today I see it as my gift. I have the ability, desire, and on a mission to help others who are suffering.

If you suffer from lupus now, are you willing to do what it takes, whatever it takes to stay off that kidney transplant list?To be pain free? Tired of crying alone at night because of the pain?

How willing are you?

For me, it was a matter of life or death. Laughter or depression. Aliveness or lifeless.

I’d love your comments. See you next week.

Margaret