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I’m Raising Lupus Awareness on the Stroke Diva Fabulous Show (Sun. May 6, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT)

This Sunday, I am partnering with my Sorority sister & LifeStyle Blogger Kamaria T. Richmond to bring you twice the fabulousness and some great information about living with lupus.

Kamaria hosts The Stroke Diva Fabulous Show, a monthly radio show on Talkshoe Radio. Kamaria was inspired to create The Stroke Diva Fabulous Show after her 2004 stroke. The show is a celebration of life and topics include spirituality, healthy living, lifestyle reinvention, the arts, music, current issues, popular culture, fashion, beauty, travel, gourmet food, wine, home decor, and so much more.

This Month’s topic on the Stroke Diva Fabulous Show is Lupus in honor of Lupus Awareness Month and features me (Katina Rae Stapleton) the brains and beauty behind the Butterfly Lessons: Living a Fabulous Life with Lupus Blog.

WhatLupus Awareness w/ Katina Rae Stapleton on the Stroke Diva Fabulous Show!

Where: Online at Talk Shoe Radio

When: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

We would love if you joined us as I dish with Kamaria about the ups and downs of living with lupus and the nature of fabulousness:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? . . . as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

Until Sunday,

Katina Rae Stapleton

Want more Kamaria? She shares her lifestyle insights and experiences on her Cinchcast audio blog: http://www.cinchcast.com/kamaria. Follow Kamaria on Twitter: http://twitter.com/kamaria and connect with her on Facebook.


A Six Sentence Story about Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Lupus Awareness (HAWMC #29)

Today’s Health Activist Writer’s Challenge Month assignment was to write a six-sentence story. I decided to write mine about how my sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., has helped me raise awareness about lupus in the Washington, DC metro area.

Katina (2nd from the left) with sorors from her undergraduate chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. at the DC Walk for Lupus Now!

One day not-so-long ago, Katina Rae Stapleton discovered that her sorority sister from college worked for the Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA chapter (LFA-DMV). Katina’s soror encouraged her to become involved in the LFA-DMV and later recruited Katina to become the 2011 DC Walk for Lupus Now Co-Chair.  Other members of Katina’s undergraduate and graduate chapters of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.  supported her by walking in DC and Baltimore to increase awareness of lupus. One evening last year, Katina went to a social networking meet-up hosted by the Black Public Relations Society of Washington, DC.  At the event, Katina met her soror Ananda Leeke and later wrote a guest-blog on lupus & social networking for Ananda during Digital Sisterhood Month. At the meet-up, Katina also met her soror Kamaria T. Richmond, who later invited her to talk about lupus on the upcoming May 6, 2012 Stroke Diva Fabulous Show (7:25 pm EST).

Hope you enjoyed my very short story.

Take care,

Katina Rae Stapleton

Hot off the Press! Butterfly Lessons Founder is in the Washington Informer!

I’ve had such a great time as the Co-Chair of the 2011 DC Walk for Lupus Now! One of my most important goals was to raise awareness of the disease in the DC Metro area.  Today I am featured in the Washington Informer on page 17.  Click on the picture below to read the advertorial.  I think it’s fabulous (if I do say so myself)!

Katina Rae Stapleton

"Living with Lupus", The Washington Informer, April 14-20,2011 Edition, pg. 17

 

I am my sister’s keeper: Lambda Delta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Walks for Lupus Now!

Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other.” Carol Saline

I have been a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. since 1993. Throughout the years my sorors (sisters) of SGRho have always been extremely supportive of my battle with lupus.

About a year or so ago, my undergraduate chapter (Eta Beta) invited me to a lupus fundraiser. Seeing my little sisters involved with the cause led to my volunteering at the 2009 DC Walk for Lupus Now. In spring 2010, I formed my own team (Metamorphosis) and was joined by two of my sorors from Eta Beta and my parents. Together we raised over $1500 for the Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA (DMV) chapter. In the picture below we are joined by our soror Kassandra Kearse (2nd from the right), the Development Manager for the Lupus Foundation-DMV.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorors at the finish line of the 2010 DC Walk for Lupus Now

I am very excited that the sorors of my current Sigma Gamma Rho chapter, the fabulous Lambda Delta Sigma Alumnae chapter of Anne Arundel County, Md. decided to form a 2010 Baltimore Walk for Lupus Now Team. The Baltimore walk is Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Druid Hill Park, Baltimore Maryland.

If you are interested in supporting the Lambda Delta Sigma Walk Team, please sign up to walk or donate at our walk page. For more information about the 2010 Baltimore Walk for Lupus Now, contact Kassandra Kearse.

The Butterfly Lesson for today is in honor of my sisters in greekdom, no matter what sorority you belong to:

“People ask why I am in a sorority and I try to explain all the things a sorority is that they cannot see. A sorority is more than letters on a sweatshirt, I say. More than traditional songs, a gold pin, rituals, and obligation, or a way of life. A sorority is learning about people, a sorority is giving without expecting a return. A sorority is earning respect from others, as well as for yourself. A sorority will not solve all your problems. But I have made good friends and found confidence there to help me take life one step at a time.” Unknown

Take care,

Katina Rae Stapleton

P.S.

This is my last post for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week . It’s been a great experience. Thanks for checking out my blog posts and all of your kind words and support.