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  • How Different Strains of COVID-19 Might Affect the Vaccine
    Like me, you’ve probably read a lot about new strains of the coronavirus cruising around the world these days, from Brazil to South Africa, and ....
  • National Pet Day
    I love my dog. Cooper is always by my side. Rain or shine. Sweet and cuddly, he is the best buddy in the world. I’m ....
  • Easy Vegan Moussaka Recipe
    Moussaka is a popular dish in Greece and beyond; it has layers of ground meat, eggplant, and a bechamel sauce.   There are variations of ....
  • World Health Day reflection
    Today is World Health Day, a time to be grateful for our health, body, and wellness. Be thankful for the food, sanitation, and healthcare we ....
  • Wishing everyone the joy of hope this Easter
    This year, more than ever, Easter arrives both resonant and relevant, prompting us to consider the costs of human folly and delusion and what a ....
  • I have Covid. What´s next?
    In Brazil, where my whole family is, the pandemic is going wild. Therefore, I decided to write this post. I know a couple of people ....
  • Hitting the Pandemic Wall?
      A few days ago, I read an article from Elisabeth Lesser that made me feel so understood, that I started wondering if you are ....
  • Choose to Walk
      Last week I posted about the Earth Hour and commented how contact with nature can be healing. How looking at a beautiful landscape can ....
  • Earth Hour tomorrow
      Tomorrow we will present the Earth Hour. And 2021 is a special year for that.   Over the years, the lights-off moment saw entire ....
  • Quotes to Help With Depression and Anxiety
      On my darker days, especially when I am facing a lupus flare or any other health problem, I use meditation mantras that can bring ....
  • How to stick to new habits?
      Setting goals is an essential part of being a healthy and successful adult. But I am pretty sure it is easier said than done. ....
  • Power Spring Juices
      Spring is here, and that means it is time to shift your plant-based ingredients to ones that are in season – doing so is ....
  • St. Patrick´s Day: tips to compensate for alcohol intake
      Did you know that alcohol contains about seven calories per gram, more than proteins and carbohydrates? So, the guidance I received as a lupus ....
  • It’s OK to Not Be OK
      Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease messes with one’s head. Besides the physical symptoms and flares, the uncertainty about how it would be living ....
  • Phrases that every person with Lupus hears
      Besides the lupus condition itself, another awful situation everyone with an autoimmune condition face is the lack of sensibility and empathy from people in ....
  • Pistachio and Raspberries Mini-Cakes Recipe
    One challenge I face every day is maintaining an anti-inflammatory diet. Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, lupus, I have my doctors repeatedly recommending me ....
  • International Womens´s Day
      Today it is International Women’s Day, and I could not fail to register my gratitude and admiration for my mother’s, sister’s, and friends’ friendships. ....
  • An At-Home Wellness Sabbatical
      At this point, it’s an understatement to say that the COVID-19 has taken a toll on our mental well-being. The coronavirus alone has tripled ....
  • Easy vegan truffles recipe
    Since I have been diagnosed with lupus, I’ve implemented many changes in my routine, especially in regards to eating and exercising. An anti-inflammatory diet is ....
  • 4-Week Plan to Eating Healthier in 2021
    A little planning to turn your healthy eating goals into life-long habits can help! I know … it is easier said than done, but it’s ....
  • Warming Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup Recipe
    Cold temperatures call for warming soups!   This incredibly delicious sweet potato soup is a 1-pot, gluten-free recipe.   Ingredients: 1/4 cup water, plus more ....
  • Matcha vs Moringa
      Matcha and Moringa are two of my favorite superfoods. They’re antioxidant-packed, boost some fabulous health perks, and can be made into super cozy morning ....
  • What dietary factors are important in Autoimmune conditions?
    A long-term study conducted at the Oslo Rheumatism Hospital showed that following some dietary principles can be “healing” in some individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis and ....
  • How do I mistreat myself?
    I know it isn’t easy to deal with so many responsibilities. Family, marriage, work, and money usually take all our attention, and many people view ....
  • What is the difference between health and wellness?
    Are health and wellness the same thing? Each one of these two words has a unique definition that has evolved throughout history. According to the ....
  • Happy Valentine´s Day
      A friend of mine asked if I could remember the most challenging moment in my life. I said, yes. That was back in the ....
  • Chair yoga and Lupus
      Sometimes, lupus flares prevent us from doing the most simple things we love. For those who are not able to get down onto the ....
  • L-theanine and tea
      Are you a tea lover like me? If yes, you probably know the soothing influence that accompanies a good cup of tea – and ....
  • Edible gifts you can make for Valentine´s Day
      Valentine’s day is approaching, and it can be even more fun if you demonstrate your affection making a homemade gift for your beloved ones. ....
  • Types of Lupus
      Did you know that are different types of Lupus? When people use the term “lupus,” they usually refer to systemic lupus erythematosus, or “SLE.” ....
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe
      A sweet sugar-free, and gluten-free muffin recipe? You can find it here! For those who need to maintain an anti-inflammatory diet, especially because have ....
  • How to stick to New Year's resolutions and truly change your habits
      A month has passed; it was fast! Good time to do a time check on our new year’s resolutions. A few days ago, I ....
  • Lupus and Sleep Disorders
      For those with lupus, like me, a good night of sleep is among the most important activities to engage in staying healthy and avoiding ....
  • Lupus and Mental Health
      I can assure you that lupus has a profound effect on a person’s mental and emotional well-being. After diagnosed, you are likely to have ....
  • Potato soup
      Winter combines with… Blankets, Netflix, hot tea, hot cocoa, and for eating… Soup! This Classic Potato Leek Soup is just delicious and will warm ....
  • Know costumers
    I would like you to answer a brief question about yourself. You can send me your response below in the commentaries. I really would like ....
  • The importance of friends
      During the pandemic quarantine, it became evident the significant importance that friendship plays in our lives. Forced to stay separated from most of the ....
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
      Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (referred to as MLK Day), an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr ....
  • Best teas for inflammation
      Inflammation is one of the ways that the body protects itself against harm. However, some people suffer from chronic inflammation, which persists in the ....
  • Lupus and depression
      Life with lupus can be challenging, and winter plus COVID-stress do not help. I feel like living on a roller coaster: disease flares and ....
  • Lupus and friends
    The Real Social Network Some of us cannot be with our extended families this year, including me. It’s too much risk for both – us ....
  • Butternut soup
      There’s nothing better to heat the wintertime than soup! I recommend you to prepare this Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe! Plus, it is gluten-free ....
  • Acts of kindness
      A new year brings new opportunities to think, be grateful, and demonstrate our love and affection to the people we cherish.    How about ....
  • Covid-19 and Lupus
      Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune condition, which means your immune system isn’t working correctly. If you have lupus, you might be ....
  • How to get a fresh start in 2021?
    2020 reminded us of the importance of unconditional love to ourselves and how we all connect to each other. For me, this mindset change reflects ....
  • Building new habits
    A new year brings the opportunity for new beginnings. We have the chance to start over, with renewed energy, and try to be an even ....
  • New years eve
      2020 was not an easy year. For most of us, dealing with a pandemic, staying home in quarantine, social distant from our friends and ....
  • 2021
    I can’t believe the new year is here! How did that happen? 2020 passed by, and honestly, I have a blurred memory of all the ....
  • Winter and lupus
      Winter is a tough time for many lupus warriors. Cold weather can bring lupus flares with it, causing painful flare-ups as blood vessels constrict ....
  • Lupus symptoms
      Lupus is a lifelong disease that can affect many parts of your body. But, many women with lupus live long, healthy lives when following ....
  • Christmas
      Merry Christmas! I wish all my followers and your families a merry and healthy Christmas! Although it is not easy to cope with holiday ....
  • Covid-19
      We have heard Dr. Fauci loud and clear: travel increases our chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to ....
  • Inside activities
    I can’t believe it is winter solstice! You are probably safe inside at home trying to figure out creative ideas on what to do with ....
  • Fibromyalgia
      While lupus and fibro may have some symptoms in common, they are ultimately distinct conditions with very different causes and treatments. Lupus is an ....
  • Apple pie
      This year Christmas will be very different. In my case, it will be away from my extended family in Brazil. For my family, this ....
  • Autoimmune diseases
    There are more than 80 types of autoimmune conditions. Not everyone knows what an autoimmune disorder is. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune ....
  • Potato gratin
    A little planning goes a long way to help a Christmas meal come together quickly and decrease the holiday’s stress. Try this Scalloped Potato Gratin, ....
  • Different people
    Today Hanukkah begins. It is the celebration of miracles and light. Still, it is also a reminder of what it means to live together with ....
  • Lupus and RA
      Some of you may know that lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are both autoimmune diseases. In fact, the two conditions are sometimes confused or ....
  • Gluten-free Chocolate tartelettes
    In stressful times, there are few things more soothing than a homemade dessert.  But if you have an autoimmune disease, like me, and seek anti-inflammatory ....
  • Salmon
    Anxiety is a common problem for many people – including myself. It characterizes by constant worry and nervousness and is sometimes related to poor brain ....
  • Full moon
    In North America, we often call the November full moon the Beaver Moon or Frosty Moon. This November’s full moon shines directly in front of ....
  • Autumn landscape
    I have written in the last weeks that my sense of time has shifted. Days pass, but the sense of nothing changing gives a very ....
  • At school, we’ve met at least one kid who has a super mind. Some people are born with bright brains that can easily navigate through ....
  • Family in Thanksgiving
    Today is one of the most awaited days of the year! While some things we all wish could be different, life brings little blessings every ....
  • Thanksgiving meal
      Gaining weight during the holiday season is pretty common. But for someone with an autoimmune disease, such as lupus, an extra pound on the ....
  • Celebrate
    It’s that time of the year—my birthday. Eight months have passed since COVID entered my life and started to teach me what really matters – ....
  • Our Virtual Reality
    In the past few weeks, my sense of time has shifted. Days pass, but the sense of nothing changing gives a very awkward feeling. While ....
  • Spirituality and Happiness
    I am not sure if there is any scientific proof, but I can speak about myself. The answer is, “yes. I guess the magic trick ....
  • Being grateful for the little things
    Most folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be. Period. – Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was right on this one. ....
  • Social Dilemma
    I watched last weekend a new documentary on Netflix called  The Social Dilemma. It really shook me. Our super advanced, hi-technology, self-service culture seems to have both ....
  • lupus and fatigue
    Prioritizing What Really Matters I have been taking short breaks from blogging; I’ve been trying to give myself permission to breathe more often and rush ....
  • Detox Lupus and Cancer
    Do you know why people talk so much about detox? What is the goal?  As a lupus patient, having chronic inflammation can be painful and ....
  • Cancer and Mindset
    For a couple of weeks after the cancer diagnosis, I lost our rhythm at home. There was more silence than laughter. The vibe that once was light and happy turned into heaviness.
  • Space shuttle illustration
    My Mood Amid so much disruption in our routine, I have seen myself and my friends lagging the positiveness we all need to live life ....
  • Lupus and Long Term Disability
  • Cancer is many times invisible
    My Best Friend Has Cancer It was a big shock. Not the type of surprise that causes one to jump around in happiness. I lost ....
  • A model of hands holding a child.
    We all need to heal ourselves. Invisible wounds are as painful as physical ones.
  • Illustration of an eyeball
    Gratitude, COVID-19 and I Gratitude should be part of everyone’s self-care goals. As you may know, science shows it can boost our immune system and ....
  • Photo of a road in the misty woods.
    Step Up to Your Truth The last weeks of June have been pretty intense emotionally for myself and many of us. I could sense the ....
  • Black Lives Matter protest with signs.
    "We cannot end our differences; at least we can help make the world safe for diversity."- John F. Kennedy Black lives matter, and we have an unique chance to make our voices heard.
  • Link between exercise and wellbeing in this photo of a woman performing yoga.
    Living with a chronic condition means having to look at our bodies with systemic eyes.Exercising can help in different areas, including depression, self-esteem and sense of well-being, sleep quality, weight among others.
  • eat healthy. add greens, omega-3 rich options and fruit to your diet.
    "Food is really and truly the most effective medicine.” ― Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Plant Based Doctor
  • Can we be hopeful? Photo of a horizon.
    eople say that setting challenges to ourselves can make us stronger. Amid COVID-19, controlling our minds is probably the hardest work we ever had. 
  • Mental health and well-being. Anxiety.
    Mental Health  Stress and anxiety trigger a potent hormone in our body called cortisol. This is part of our ‘emergency call’ or the fight/flight response ....
  • Choose happiness. Walking down a path.
    We all have the power to choose. Traumatic events such as COVID-19, loss os a beloved one, can leave deep scars, but we can control our mindset and emotions.
  • Photo of a wolf.
    People need to know that being down with lupus is not a cold or the flu. It’s not contagious, it won’t improve, it won’t go away, a nap won’t help, there is no magical treatment, and it does not have a cure yet.
  • Woman wearing a mask.
    To say, “The past few weeks have been strange” is an understatement. Many of us are blessed as we can stay inside our home instead ....
  • Gloved hands handling a mask.
    COVID-19 is making us live a different life. Living under emotional stress, is causing trauma in many of us.
  • Woman on a cliff looking out at the world.
    In a world that seems to be falling apart, we can be the ones working to reassemble it. Last week, we talked about things we ....
  • coronavirus pandemic and life changes
    Coronavirus has hit a pause in the world. With COVID-19 out, the safest place to be is within our homes. It's time to look at ourselves, and evaluate who we really are.
  • 2020 Pulse
    10 easy ideas of what to do to stay mentally healthy and protect our health while in social isolation because of CONVID-19.
  • LUPUS WALK 2019 - TEAM LUPUSHOPE
    My story as a lupus warrior.
  • 2020 Pulse
    Coronavirus may damage our minds more than our body health. We need to control our answer to fear, and the best first step is to get closer to our thoughts.
  • Alcohol gel and lupus, living with anxiety. Soap dispenser pictured.
    COVID-19 and I Everywhere, I hear people talking about COVID-19 and how fast it is affecting people across the world.  Millions of messages of fear ....
  • escalator ups and downs
    My health has been unstable since the beginning of the year. The end of year festivities and stressful schedule did take a toll on me. ....
  • lupus and our image. Photo of a woman in black and white.
    I don’t know about you, but it is still hard for me to talk about lupus with people around me. I feel exposed when I ....
  • 2020 Pulse
    Project 20|20 – Week 9: Transforming Reality On my week 8 blog, A Surprising Way to Better Your Days, I talked about ways to improve our ....
  • Lupus Warrior
    Time, Kindness and Courage This week, as I talked to one of my best friends, I kept thinking about the value of time and the ....
  • 2020 Pulse
    Preventive Care Works We can learn a lot about ourselves by paying attention to what we think, focus, and do every day.  Last week, I ....
  • 2020 Pulse
    Life Happens We all have our ups and downs. Happiness is temporary, and we need to adjust our expectations day-by-day to what it is and ....
  • lego and our habits
    Are You Unstoppable? I have been thinking about habits and how I model life in a way that brings me joy while keeping my health ....
  • 2020 Pulse
    The first 30 days of 2020 are gone, and we are now in February! Many times, we lose the momentum and the new year’s energy, ....
  • 2020 Pulse
    Mindset Last few weeks, we talked about how to create and implement new habits. I can’t emphasize how helpful it was for me to acknowledge ....
  • why should you care
    Do You Know Your Calling? Earlier this week I was thinking about how I get tangled in my thoughts of must-haves and should-haves. My old ....
  • 2020 Pulse
    Fitting in New Habits Last week we discussed the importance of identifying habits that are not beneficial. We look at things we do daily, that we ....
  • lupus, cold and winter
    White Winter The winter season in the NW has been cold and wet. Lots of rain, with some white here in there. It is a ....
  • 2020 Pulse
    First Step to Change a Bad Habit In my last two blogs, my focus was to look at goals we wanted to reach, and things ....
  • lupus and gratitude in the new year
    I am not sure what this new year will bring. I am curious to see what secrets life will unveil this time around as I continue my journey to reframe my identity. To be able to receive the blessings this year, I need to let go of the past and be grateful for what is.
  • 2020 Pulse
    Project 20|20 – Week 2: Gratitude Last week, I suggested a self-reflection exercise to identify what types of goals we want to achieve in 2020. ....
  • 2020 Pulse
    In the United States, when we go to an optometrist to check our eyesight, the goal is to have a 20|20 vision. This is a term ....
  • closed-door and end of the year of fighting lupus
    The Time Is Now I can’t believe it’s over — another year of living with lupus, another life chapter with learnings and milestones. Just one ....
  • christmas gift and lupus
    The Real Present Everyone is busy. Decorating homes, planning a big meal, buying gifts, and getting new outfits for parties and pictures. Last Friday, my ....
  • gemstone and healing lupus
    Gemstones and Healing Regardless of the belief people may have about gemstones – magical, psychic energy, healing, or none; I decided to get a book ....
  • Are you ready? Last week, a mega-fit friend who helps me be in shape and on my tiptoes, asked me a million-dollar question. What are ....
  • let go and lupus
    Letting Go I can’t believe we are in December. For Christians, it means we started the advent phase, which is counting down to Jesus’ birth. ....
  • Wake up call
    Wake-Up Call In my last blog, I mentioned how I have been out of pocket for a few days with all the cold/flu symptoms plus the usual ....
  • being thankful when having lupus
  • Yogurt cupcakes
    If today was your birthday, what would be your wish?
  • 5 Steps to Practice Self Awareness Practicing Self Awareness is something I have been trying to do for the past year. Understand my new life ....
  • Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. Talking to a friend this week, we remembered how many things we have been through in the past few years. How our ....
  • Before you die I am so used to live the present moment, that some times I forget to focus on what is critical instead of ....
  • God Almighty
    Hello God, It’s Me! On my previous blog, “Do You Have The Power To Heal“, I mentioned a letter/prayer I wrote God while I was ....
  • healing tree
    Do You Have the Power? I joined a retreat last week with one of the healers from the Netflix documentary, Heal. It was supposed to ....
  • Is This Real? For many of us, to believe something is real, we have to be able to touch or see it. Well, not for ....
  • walk to end lupus
    Do You Walk the Talk? Why is Walking a Great Way to Help Solve the Mystery of Lupus? In a couple of weeks, I will ....
  • Woman on a cliff looking out at the world.
    10 Ways to Be Unstoppable Earlier this week, a friend of mine told me the history of a cancer survivor. While that young woman has ....
  • Self talk when having lupus
    What we tell ourselves is as important as our actions. Everything is energy, and we craft our lives with the thoughts we have. Our opinions ....
  • saying yes and no and life
    Saying Yes to life means reframing our choices.
  • Priorities I know not all of us lupies are female. Nevertheless, the majority is. As a woman, I tend to take care of others despite ....
  • When I got up this morning, I began thinking about all the choices I make every day. Life fills our days with so many options ....
  • Tree with large roots
    What Are Your Roots? Life keeps molding me as time goes by. My personality and priorities have been different since my lupus diagnose. While so ....
  • Roots
    5 Rules of Wellbeing This week, I was able to meet a few friends who helped put the Lupus Benefit Event together, here in Portland. ....
  • Lupus flare
    We all have our dreams, and in my case, I have worked very hard to reach them, even though not always achieved. Some days I ....
  • Choices and Chronic Disease
    Choices Last week, I was talking to some book club friends, and one of them raised a thought that spoke deep in my heart. He ....
  • Gratitude
    How Grateful Are You? Last week, I had one of the most touching experiences since we moved to Portland. Many friends helped me organize a ....
  • Pride
    Pride Month This month, I have seen everywhere the colors of Pride, showing the importance of acceptance and respect for people’s differences, gender, and sexual ....
  • Labels
    Why do we label it? Have you ever thought why we tend to label things, as good or bad? For me, it goes from organizing ....
  • Mental health in chronic diseases
    Our Mindset “Our thoughts create the life we seek through the reflection of ourselves.” – Emmanuel I had a few a-ha moments as I was ....
  • Heal by Love
    Healing with Love and Faith After watching the documentary “Heal” at Netflix, I decided to attend an energy healing session with one of the guests, ....
  • rhodesian-ridgeback
    Lupus and self-love. Be kind to yourself!
  • light at end of tunnel lupus symptoms
    Period. The End. This blog is about an end. A very long and important period of my adulthood, which now is in the past. My ....
  • Lupus opens new opportunities in life.
  • Lupus for me has developed over time, and numerous chronic symptoms have appeared depending on my life style and stress level.
  • Easter and Lupus
    An autoimmune condition like lupus, allow us to stop and think about our beliefs and priorities. Above all, being thankful for the little blessings and achievements.
  • lupus hope magic wand
    Magic Wand Have you ever dreamed of having unbeatable powers, and to be able to change things with a wave of a wand?
  • Lupus monkey mind
    Monkey Mind I have a toddler’s span of attention. Technology has made me become comfortable multitasking at work and in my personal life, but because ....
  • Roller Coaster My health has been unstable for the past few weeks. I know this is the nature of the “beast”: on-going lupus flares, body ....
  • Spring Cleaning
    Spring Cleaning Time! This week, I would like to talk about deep cleaning, but in a different home – our soul!
  • Sharing My Story “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are ....
  • Be Seen I don’t know about you, but it is hard for me to talk about lupus with people around me. I feel weak when ....
  • 7 Day Challenge To be strong, we need to feel powerful. While I am not always positive, neither I believe everything is possible, the difficulties ....
  • Valentine's Day and Friendship
    It’s Valentine’s Day. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with people you love and care! While Valentine’s Day is a holiday to celebrate love and friendship, it can ....
  • Lupus is an invisible, autoimmune disease that all warriors need to help the community to understand what it is.
  • Legacy While we live day by day, many times surviving the daily churns and ups and downs; our conversation today is about the invisible legacy ....
  • Suggestions on how I cope with Lupus during winter
  • Leaving with Lupus, means finding a new self. Who do you want to be one year from now?

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