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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).


10 things I would hate to live without (#HAWMC 13)

Today’s #HAWMC prompt was to write a list of the 10 things you need (or love) most.

I found this great quote online about the things living beings need to exist:

All living things need an energy source which may be provided by chemicals or light, an environment that does not poison, cook or freeze them and others of their species (if they are not single celled or asexual) to breed with. Unknown

Since I have food & water and a home with air-conditioning and heat, I think I am set for life (yes, I know mom, I am not married yet!). So I thought my list should be of 10 things I would hate to live without:

  • Faith
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Books
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Mani-Pedis
  • An occasional day off from work
  • Sunrises and Sunsets
  • Travel
  • Chocolate

I hope this weekend you have a chance to enjoy the things you love,

Katina Rae Stapleton

A Few of My Favorite Things . . .

“When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad”

 My Favorite Things, The Sound of Music

During the holiday season, people with lupus are often expected to be happy, cheerful, and grateful, but find that difficult because the physical and emotional effects of lupus causes them to feel exhausted, in pain, and generally miserable.  

Over the years, I have developed a tried-and-true strategy for myself to insert a note of levity back into the holidays if I become overwhelmed. The Sound of Music  is one of my favorite movies and it seems to always be shown around Christmas. One of the best songs in the film is “My Favorite Things.” In it, Maria (the nun) advises the Von Trapp children she supervises that you can battle all sorts of bad things by calling on thoughts of your favorite things. Watch here.

 “Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things”

Like Maria, I have many favorite things, but I have narrowed it down to a few that make me laugh or bring me joy when I think of them.

1. Family trips with my parents. Since I was a teen we traveled the world together. They have always helped me make sure that the trips were lupus-friendly.

The Stapleton Family on vacation in Mexico (Check out the sun hats!)

2. Hot Fudge Cake. 100% wonderful, this should require no explanation, but if you need one: “Hot Fudge cures many ills.”

Pictured: The original Big Boy's Hot Fudge Cake

 3. Deep Tissue Massage – I love, love, love massage for my lupus/fibromyalgia. It makes my muscles and aching joints feel so much better.

Massage Therapy is frequently used for people with disabilities

4. Star Trek. This is my guilty pleasure! If Geordi Laforge can conquer space, then I can conquer living with lupus!

Pictured: Geordi La Forge, the blind chief engineer from Star Trek: The Next Generation

#6 Miscelaneous Amusing Objects. Throughout my home and office I keep small funny/amusing objects that I like to look at if I am feeling stressed out or taking myself to seriously. I love to buy “happy pens.” I have all different versions of pens that are pretty useless, but very funny.

A Disney Princess and the Frog "Magic Wand" pen bought for me by a friend

What are some of your favorite things?

Take Care,

Katina Rae Stapleton