Good morning and hello stormy weather blowing through my neighborhood! (and of course freshly brewed cup of Java!)
I hope you are all starting your mornings off right with a freshly brewed Cup-O-Joe, and enjoying this Tuesday morning with a copious amount of spoons! I'd like to share some news received yesterday, it's exciting (at least to me! ) and I am happy to announce that CHRONICLYsILLy has been granted membership to wellsphere's community as part of the Lupus Community and the Chronic Illness Community! But wait! There's more! CHRONICLYsILLy was also awared a "Top Health Blogger" in the wellsphere Lupus Community as well!For those of you unfamiliar, Wellshpere is a health website that has numerous features, tools, articles etc. To help and assist as well as educate the public on various and broad health topics ranging from weight loss to Lupus, and from recipes to tools that help you manage your health goals and become active in the Wellsphere community! This also means that they will be further sharing my posts in their community to better support those in the chronic illness and Lupus communities! Check it out!
And now of course Our three "Learn about Lupus facts" for our CHRONICLYsILLy campaign for awareness week (running through saturday!) Take these facts, tid-bits, and random chunks of information and share them, through facebook, twitter, email etc to help spread the word and educate the public more about Lupus and chronic illness!
Fact #1: Millie, the pet dog of the former president George H.W. Bush and and Barbara Bush was diagnosed with Discoid Lupus Erythematosus.
Fact #2: The butterfly rash, also known as the Malar rash, got it's name because of its butterfly shaped appearance across the cheek bones/cheeks and bridge of the nose of the Lupus patients that get it. Although some Lupus Patients never show signs of this rash, it is one of the more prevalant features and "classic" Symptoms if you will, of SLE Lupus.
Fact #3: Our fun fact number three is an interactive quiz I will link here and you can copy and paste to share with others! It's really fun to play along with the family or friends and learn together about Lupus: Lupus: a serious yet little know illness Interactive Quiz! Simply click-Start quiz and select flash quiz to play it interactively!
That wraps up our three fun facts for our "Learn about Lupus" portion of this week's CHRONICLYsILLy Campaign for Lupus Awareness! Now let's get down to business! I'd like to present you with something that was brought to my attention as I drove down one of the busier streets in my town yesterday-- LASER BOUNCE! I kid you not. What do you get when you cross Laser tag and inflatable castle bounce arenas? Apparently Laser Bounce is the correct answer! Was there ever such a creation that was more suited for the chronically ill? I think not. For all of you Lupies and CHRONICLYsILLy individuals out there that have a passion of laser tag but your aches and pains from your chronic illness prevent you from getting close to the ground and rolling around on surfaces that are all to hard and dangerous? Do you have a secret love for inflatable castle bounces (I sure do!- I wish I was kidding but ask anyone, I am unhealthy obsessed with Castle bounces and always have been!) Well if you do, your in luck! Laser Bounce is here and here to stay! How could a concept as fabulously constructed and well thought out as playing Laser tag in an inflatable arena of comfort, safe from harms way and any potential risk of injury not hit the big times! Believe me when I say I will be stopping off at Laser Bounce to scope it out more and see what these shananigans are all about, it seems almost too good to be true! Check to see in your local listings if there is a Laser Bounce near you! (I am unsure as to how long the one around here has been in existence, and shocked I have not found out about it sooner!)
* Disclaimer: No studies have proven that laser tagging and/or the laser itself is damaging or cause of risk for Lupus patients (although we do not recommend starring directly into the laser for prolonged periods of time!) Also remember to stay hydrated, it is easy to get caught up in all the excitement, but remember, that prednisone can bring on a bout of dry mouth unparalleled o that of one you might experience in the middle of the Sahara desert.