Category Archives: Weight

Starburst Candy Cures Lupus! . . .I Wish (#HAWMC 20)

Today’s HAWMC prompt is:

Write a news-style article on a miracle cure. What’s the cure? How do you get the cure?

In my other life as a pop culture expert, I fell in love with tabloids. So my story is short, sweet, and ready for the National Enquirer.

Starburst Candy Cures Lupus!

Dr. Katina Rae Stapleton has discovered the cure for Lupus pain – Starburst Candy. Katina has had lupus since she was a teen. One year she went South for a family vacation and was bed-ridden at her grandparents’ homes for two weeks. She ran out of prescription pain meds and decided to pretend that Starbursts would stop the pain. It worked, but Katina was sure the cure was only in her mind. Years later after she went to graduate school and learned how to conduct scientific studies, Katina secretly tested the Starburst cure on herself. Every time her muscles hurt she eats Starbursts instead of taking painkillers. She gained a lot of weight, but is now pain-free. Even if this turns out to be a placebo effect, Starbursts rule.

Disclaimer: This story is sort-of-true. Katina really was stuck in bed for TWO weeks and ate packs and packs of Starbursts to keep from crying. Even though she still believes in her heart-of-hearts that candy makes the world a better place, she can’t prove that Starbursts stop lupus pain. If you have lupus pain, get proper medical treatment. And perhaps a massage (if your doctor thinks it is a good idea).


Does Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? Lupus, Exercise, and Clutter (#HAWMC 18)

“Fat, thin, cluttered, clean-I want you to find the life that makes you happy.” Peter Walsh

I am a huge reader and often find inspiration and practical advice in books. So when I read today’s HAWMC challenge, I headed to my bookshelf and pulled down Does this Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? by organizer Peter Walsh.

Open a Book. Choose a book and open it to a random page and point to a phrase. Use that phrase to get you writing today.

Peter’s book inspired me to think about my personal relationship with lupus, exercise, and clutter:

When I am tired or hurting, I tend to put things down and just leave them. And if taking a nap, exercising, and doing my laundry are in direct competition, napping wins most of the time.

Lupus flares make me tired,
Being tired leads to clutter,
Seeing my clutter makes me tired,
Being tired leads to lupus flares.
Lupus flares make it hard to exercise,
Lack of exercise leads to weight gain,
Weight gain makes my lupus flare,
Lupus flares make me tired.

I found this passage from Does this Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? when I turned to a random page. I think it is very powerful.

The only person who can create the life you want is you. Like it or not, no knight in shining armor is coming to make the situation better for you. Your destiny is firmly in your own hands. If you are unhappy with the life you have or unsatisfied with the body you have, then you should change it. . .

The Butterfly Lesson is: while I can’t cure my lupus, I can exercise and get rid of clutter.

Take care,

Katina Rae Stapleton

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