WELCOME! I hope you are here to learn about lupus, learn what it is out of curiosity; and not because you need information about lupus to support a family member or loved one who has lupus or you ave lupus. But, if the latter is the reason you have come, I have made every effort to assure that the information you find here is accurate.
Lupus Chronicles also address other autoimmune disorders because it is rare that one autoimmune disorder exists without another or in many cases, many more. If you are looking for specific information, you can use the search bar on the upper right-hand corner of this page, the tabs for the appropriate topic, or if you can’t find the information for which you’re looking, there is a CONTACT form you can access at the CONTACT tab and send a message to me and I will address your concerns or consult with one of my medical advisors to answer your question as best as possible. However, it can’t be stressed enough that ANY information that is given here isn’t meant to replace the information you receive from the your doctor.
Look for a new addition to the Lupus Chronicles, a column/tab entitled the Professionals Place, in which various professionals will write articles discussing how they see lupus and other autoimmune disease affected in their specialty.
Join us March 22 for the 1st Annual Lupus Info Day
Welcome to Lupus Chronicles, where I do my best to use the knowledge I gained from 20+ years as a nurse to try to shed some light on lupus and other autoimmune disorders: as well as interpret ‘doctor-speak.’ Lupus robbed me of my career and possibly that’s why I’ve made it my mission to learn all I can about this disease, ways that it is treated, ways to cope with it; and, by so doing, empower you. For it is through empowerment that I feel that we can find hope to make it to tomorrow and find the hope we need to make it to the next day.
That said, what I say is well-intended. However, the information, including comments, are in no way meant to substitute for the advice and counsel you get from you personal physician. Your doctor knows you, your medical history and you laboratory values.
If there is a topic you’d like me to address in a post, or you’d like to contact me with something you’d prefer not to display and discuss publicly, please complete the form below. It will be delivered directly to my e-mail box and information will be kept in the strictest of confidence:
Hi, I’m Annie and welcome to my blog which discusses lupus and other autoimmune diseases. I have more than 20 years experience as a nurse and 15 years experience as a freelance writer. My work as a nurse taught me the ‘ins and outs’ of the healthcare system and provided me with the knowledge and understanding to be a pretty fierce patient advocate.
Lately, physicians have less time available to spend with their patients to teach them what responsibility they CAN take for their own health-and what SHOULD BE REPORTED. Unfortunately, they don’t always have the time to explain their thoughts and tests that may follow; and this often leads to unnecessary confusion and uncertainty-or the patient’s trying to interpret ‘doctor-speak!’
My work as a writer taught me to present material in as organized and understandable manner and to make what can be very complicated-as uncomplicated as possible.
You might use the contact form below to make a suggestion for another article, to dispute facts (I don’t like being told I’m wrong, but, it happens)! Or use this form to suggest that I cover a certain topic, to request being a guest blogger or request that I explain something in detail, remembering that any information that we exchange is completely confidential and will be held in the strictest of confidence. This form will be send DIRECTLY to my inbox with no third party interference.
Remember, I take my marching orders from you! However, it has to be noted that any suggestions I might make are NOT intended to substitute for the a dice and counsel of your personal physician. Your physician knows you.
In this column, I’ll try to display a daily joke or riddle. It’s been shown that a ‘good belly laugh’ as told by Norman Cousins in his very famous book, “Anatomy of an Illness,” was often the tonic the doctor ordered and it worked to relieve pain.
In future posts we’ll display the HOW and the WHYa that makes work, But for now this is. For now, a joke of two. I’ll make every attempt to leave questionable language out of the jokes! Herewith, ‘LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE!’
I thought we’d start with a video: