Football season from an autoimmune perspective sucks, but there’s always tomorrow!

It has been a hectic few weeks. My oldest started highschool football with his first scrimmage game last week – and his first game is Thursday (Go WG Warriors).

My youngest just got his first-ever alto sax.

I am keeping busy as ever with school and work — in fact, I will be leaving my position at Barrow County News to take on a position at the Athens Banner Herald. My start date is Monday – so I’m pretty stoked!

And — we all have been sick. Sinus infection gunk, ear infections, major headaches and tummy aches.

I went to my first-ever UGA game and took my parents and guy – here’s some photos of that. 

UGA vs. Buffalo Sept. 1, 2012

Mom and Daddy before the game

It was so stinkin hot we left near the end of the third quarter. My Lupus hated me. I was really sick immediately after the game. Nautious, dehydrated and a headache so bad I thought I would die. (and that’s with sunscreen). The next couple days weren’t much better. I was lethargic, had restless-leg-syndrome all over my body and my joints were aching horribly. I keep forgetting the sun does that to me — and the walking up hill in the heat didn’t help much either. I just plain over did it.

Trent’s scrimmage game was at night, so the heat wasn’t a problem. – but my allergies kicked in and I was left with a sinus infection, double ear infection and headache. Here’s pics before all the sickness kicked in.

the fam

represent …

Oh – and here’s Tbear with his new saxophone!!!

I think the hardest part about autoimmune diseases is not being able to get a handle on what causes a flare. Going to a couple of ball games for a 35-year-old — shouldn’t take so much out of them. Although both games were worth it — and I won’t let it stop me from going to more — I suffer the consequences undoubtedly.

It’s a hard pill to swallow when you realize you can’t even go to a ball game without having physical issues afterwards. But, on the other hand, I am thankful I know what it is that makes me feel the way I do, that there are ways to combat it — and that I have the most supportive boyfriend, friends and family in the whole-wide world.

So – I survived. And I plan on attending Trent’s first game on Thursday night (despite my allergies and flares)

I’ve found that if I focus on less exertion while I’m out, eat healthier, drink lots of water and remember to take my plaquenil and thyroid meds (and Ibuprofen for pain) — oh, and sneak in a couple of extra hours for sleep — my flares tend to subside quicker.

Also, less stress is always important!!! I have made a point to put myself around people who don’t cause un-necessary stress in my life. Of course, kids and family almost always cause a little bit of stress — but I mean the type of people who shower the stress on continuously. I choose to not associate with it. And that seems to help keep my flares under control (to an extent).  

Due to sickness from the sinus infection I missed my rheumy appointment and had to reschedule. Unfortunately, she isn’t available until mid October! I was supposed to change my meds to a stronger immunosuppressant to aid in keeping my flares at bay — but I guess I will stick with my current meds until October. It’s probably better anyways.

I think I am near complete recovery from my total hysterectomy too. I still don’t fit into my clothes yet (weight gain: a side effect the doctor’s failed to tell me about).

But, my incisions look good, I am having less shooting pains in my abdomen and I have been able to incorporate minor exercise without problems (walking and situps). I would also venture to say that my energy levels have gone up since the surgery (some women have the opposite effect).

Things just seem to be falling into place, FINALLY! I am in the healthiest romantic relationship that I’ve ever been in, I am about to start a new job that I’m totally stoked about (I will be their breaking news reporter and GAR), my kids seem to be doing well in school and socially — I’m still far from where I want to be financially and would love to own a house — but I have faith I’m headed in the right direction. And I feel closer to God now than I ever have before. He has shown me so much about faith, love and being still.

I love my family, my church family and my friends. I have a roof over my head, food on the table daily and people who love and care about me.

I think I am learning about what Paul meant in Philippians 4:12

 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

God is good! And His mercies are new each day!

Life is Beautiful, and just coming out on the other side of the valley, I can honestly say that there is a purpose for our trials. There is a reason for the thorns in our side … and if we can just learn how to hold on tight, and be content in Him no matter what the circumstance – He is faithful!!!

It’s more about how we react to those trials than why we are faced with them in the first place. It’s more about helping others who may face the same trials than it is how to overcome them. And it’s more about who we trust in the midst of those trials than it is about pitying ourselves for having to go through them.

I am thankful for my past –

thankful that it’s behind me

thankful that I learned from my mistakes

thankful that HE brought me through

thankful that I am free to look forward

 With the thorn of autoimmune diseases and divorce and my past — in my side — I am walking forward. I am choosing to allow my chronic illnesses to aid in developing me into the woman God calls me to be. I am learning to be thankful that I have them in the first place, because otherwise — I may not have become who I am.  

And I’m happy about who I’m becoming – by the grace of God!

Until next time friends,



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