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Best Conversation I Had This Week (#HAWMC Day 8)

The Day 8 prompt for the Health Activist Writers Month Challenge is called “Best conversation I had this week.” Our charge was to “Try writing script-style (or with dialogue) today to recap an awesome conversation you had this week.”

Here goes mine . . . .

The Background:

Over the 20+ years I have had lupus, I’ve gone through periods of disease-related weight-loss and weight-gain. Like many people with lupus, when I am having flares it is often hard for me to get the energy (or motivation for that matter) to exercise. A few months back, I decided to buckle down and slowly reintroduce exercise into my routine in a way that I could keep up over time and wouldn’t trigger a flare. I had two motivations for my determination to exercise:

  1. My doctors made some not very gentle suggestions that I needed to lose weight.
  2. I am going to the 2012 Star Trek Convention this summer in Vegas as Uhura and need to fit into her costume (except with not quite so much leg showing!)

The Best Conversation I Had This Week:

Katina’s Doctor: You’ve lost 16 pounds since I saw you last. You’ve done a great job.

Katina: Thanks!

Take Care,

Katina Rae Stapleton


Lupus Lessons from Star Trek TNG: (Health Activist Writers Month Challenge #2)

Day 2 of HAWMC 2012: Find a quote that inspires you (either positively or negatively) and free write about it for 15 minutes.

I must confess that I spent most of my 15 minutes trying to decide what quote I was going to write about today. I finally settled on some wisdom from one of my favorite tv series: Star Trek TNG:

It is possible to commit no errors and still lose. That is not a weakness.            That is life.
-Captain Picard to Data, Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Peak Performance”

Since I was diagnosed as a teen I have worked very hard to take care of myself and try to minimize the effects of lupus on my health. In the early years, I made many rebellious decisions, such as flushing my medicine down the toilet, sunbathing on the beach, and not getting enough rest. As you may suspect, this triggered lupus flares and I became very, very sick.

Other times, things would happen that were outside of my control that would also trigger flares, like getting caught in the rain, sitting in cold classrooms, or experiencing really stressful events.

What all of these things have in common is that I could see (or at least figure out) the connection between the event and the lupus flare. What has been much harder to deal with is the randomness of lupus flares that are both out of my hands and have no apparent rhyme or reason.

What I take from the Star Trek quote is that sometimes bad things happen that are not your fault. You could do everything that your doctor suggests and still have a flare. That is life and that is lupus.

Katina Rae Stapleton