Are You In Control of Your Lupus? Or Is Your Lupus In Control Of You?
As a Lupus Warrior, this topic is something that has been weighing heavily on my heart. Just as a warning peeps, this post is serious. I know I’m usually pretty light-hearted and playful, (not that I’m going to be stern and awful in this post) but I want to show you how important this information is. Your health should be your number one focus. Without your health, you literally have nothing. So, in all seriousness, are you in control of your lupus? Or is your lupus in control of you? Here are 7 questions you should ask yourself to determine which of you has the upper hand. I also included a few bible verses that helped get me through some troubling times. Hopefully, they will do some good for you too.
1. Have you accepted the diagnosis? Don’t think “Why me?” or “I can’t possibly have lupus.” Instead, be accepting of the situation. You have to play with the cards you’re dealt, right? J.K. Rowling said, “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” And she is absolutely right! Acceptance is always going to be the first step when dealing with anything. How can you control a situation if you do not accept that it’s there? Once you have acknowledged that you have lupus, then and only then, can you tackle it head on.
Proverbs 3:5… “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
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2. Do you know the facts? Don’t they say there’s no such thing as a dumb question? Well, ask about lupus!! You have to know your enemy in order to overcome. (Yes, I consider lupus as the enemy.) You can check out this page to learn about lupus, who it affects, and how it affects them. You can also find helpful information from the Lupus Foundation of America. They have a whole section solely dedicated to getting answers for those who constantly battle with the struggles lupus can bring.
3. Are you doing your part? This one is a tough one to accomplish. With all the pills, surgeries, doctors appointments, and tiresome days, it’s hard to do everything necessary to keep your lupus under control. But there is no other option. You have to! Your life depends on it! Follow your physician’s advice. Take your medications when you’re supposed to. (I’m horrible at this!) Put your health first, and focus on how you can “give it all you got.”
Acts 27:22… “But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.”
4. Are your lips sealed? Sharing your story is so important! That is the only reason why I began Mommie and Wee–to inspire! The tongue is our most powerful weapon, and we have to use it to beat this monster. Raise #lupusawareness by letting people know what we go through! It’s essential to finding a cure, as well as controlling your condition. So open your mouth and speak out!
Titus 2:7-8… “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech…”
5. Have you gotten connected? Get to know others who are facing similar problems. I promise, it’ll do so much good. Feeling like you are not alone is beyond encouraging. I personally felt the joy of connecting with others as I shared my story on a Linked In group (It’s called Lupus Professionals, if you’re looking to join!)
Relating with others gives you a sense of belonging. We are a community, a lupus community, and we have to stick together! Get connected to other Lupus Warriors around you. You’ll thank me once you do!
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6. Do you live in fear? This is the worst thing to do. Trust me, I know! I was so afraid that something would happen to me prematurely. That I wouldn’t live to see my babies get married. That I wouldn’t even make it through my pregnancy. I spent so many countless hours worrying, and stressing, and crying! But, you can’t live in fear. That’s not living at all. Know that you will be okay, because you will be! Side note: I have to thank my hubbie for helping me realize this one. Gotta love him!
Isaiah 12:2… “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” (I have shouted this scripture so many times! Definitely a good one to underline, highlight, and meditate on!)
7. Have you said a prayer? This is most important! You can’t do this alone. Ask the Man upstairs for help. Let him know of your insecurities, your fears, your struggles. Even though he already knows, amazing things can happen when you just talk to Him.
James 5:16… “…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Romans 12:12… “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Mark 9:23… “…Everything is possible for one who believes.”
I had to give you some extra verses for that topic! It was so powerful!!! But, are you in control of your lupus? Or is your lupus in control of you? The answer, though, should be neither. Because, in the reality of things, you do not control your lupus. He does! Allow Him to take over your situation, and everything will remain under control!
Share some inspirational words and leave a comment! Or even better, share your story with me personally! I’d love to get to know you and learn about your personal battle with lupus! With love,