I am thankful. Thankful for the chance to share my Lupus journey.

Thanksgiving… roots in the beginning of being thankful for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

Being Thankful…. Conscious of benefit received – for what we are about to receive make us truly thankful. Expressive of thanks – thankful service. Well pleased – glad – was thankful that it didn’t rain.

This year – there are so many things to be thankful for, so many life changes that I have embarked on. This morning as I was doing my morning cardio (yes – 2 a days to get some cardio in) it occurred to me that I am thankful for my diagnosis.

I am thankful for my Lupus.

Why? Let me tell you…

I have always been a strong person with a strong personality. I have seen childhood trauma, parental death, cheating fiancée’s (not James of course)… in other words I have lived a life! In all of these I have come back stronger, more determined, and more empowered.

I have survived.

These are things that I have overcome, but they are hard to share – hard to empower others.

My Lupus diagnosis, at first was in this category. It was something I was learning to live with, but hiding; silently overcoming.

Then about a year and ½ ish ago I came out of hiding. Sharing what I was going through – the good and the bad. Lupus sucks, and it is something that I will have to deal with the rest of my life; from the chronic pain – to the flares that shut down leftie – to the inflammation that is destroying my joints – to the getting sick if someone sick looks in my direction.

Getting to share my story. Showing that I live a normal life. That I get through the chronic pain and chronic fatigue without being medicated, through using my workouts and natural remedies.

I am thankful that I get to share my Lupus story and help others who suffer see that, though the diagnosis changes your life – it doesn’t have to destroy you. There is life after Lupus. There is life after chronic pain and chronic fatigue. There is a learning curve, but sharing how I work with mine helps me – getting the messages that I’ve helped someone changes me.

The outpour of messages that I have received that I empower someone, inspire someone and motivate someone are what make my sharing worth it.   I know I have been MIA for a bit as I was focused on planning our wedding, but I am back and ready to share away again!

Thanks for reading and inspiring me, as well.

JJ Nips.

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