Here is a letter I wrote to lupus a few months ago.  After receiving positive news with my lab work, I thought I would be appropriate to post it this week.  Have a great week!

Dear Lupus,

You’ve been hanging around for a long time now, and I wanted to write a letter to let you know how I feel about you.

Frankly, I don’t have much to say to you.

When you first came into my life, I didn’t know what to do with you.  I did not find you all that interesting, because I never researched your many symptoms online.

I didn’t obsess about you night and day.  All of the information I got about you I learned from my very supportive rheumatologist.

In other words, I let him worry about you.

I didn’t pay any attention to the tests they ran on you.

Instead, I focused on health and wellness.  I cleaned up my diet.  I got a personal trainer.  I exercised 5-6 times a week.  I even gave up refined sugar for a period of time.  Finally, I meditated every morning, and I made sure I got enough rest.

Most importantly, I affirmed, “I stand up for myself freely and easily.  I claim my power.  I love and approve of myself.  I am free and safe.”

Finally, my doctor confirmed that you had been put to rest.  I had no active disease and had been that way for quite some time.

My doctor told me, “Whatever you’re doing, keep on doing it.”  So I did.

I never “battled” you, “conquered” you, or “fought” you.  You’re just not interesting enough to engage in battle!

What is interesting to me is waking up in the morning with no pain or swelling.  I also can move my body with ease because I have the energy.

I can work at a job that is right for me, and write about my experiences at night and share them with others.

I can go out at night because I feel good.  I also expect to live a long time, loving life.

Finally, I’ve made peace with you, and I thank you.  Without you in my life, I never would have learned to stand up for myself.  I am grateful to you for teaching me that valuable lesson.

My desire is that others who hear about me can apply what I’ve learned about coping with lupus and finally recover to a live a fuller, more active life.

Again, thank you, and I’m glad I was able to put you to bed.