We are thrilled to have Amanda Greene (aka @LAlupusLady) host tomorrow’s #WTFix tweet chat! She is a powerhouse in patient advocacy and is a passionate lupus warrior & storyteller. We’ll be discussing her story of positive outlook and shifting her attitude to look at her chronic illness as a gift, which is truly inspirational and is a strong reminder to us all of the great impact a positive attitude can have!
As a woman who has lived with Lupus (and other chronic illnesses) for over 30 years, I am excited to share my thoughts on the “gifts” of chronic illness with the What’s The Fix community tomorrow. I wasn’t always grateful for the conditions and diseases that have taken over my body but an attitude shift changed that.
There is no cure for Lupus. I will most likely die from the condition or something related to my compromised immune system. Realizing that, I knew that nothing will stop the eventuality, I started reading and studying how a positive outlook can affect and dramatically help people suffering from cancer and other illnesses. I have had access to some incredible healing resources from guided meditation to cooking classes from books by authors such as Louise Hay to Shakti Gawain. Not everything has helped but finding a positive outlook has helped me manage my conditions and given me a sense of control over my mind and body. After using the techniques, I read about I applied them to my life. The results took time but my labs improved, my doctor was happy and I was feeling better. I only wish that physicians and healthcare professionals would understand the mind/body connection for people living with chronic illness.
While my lupus (and other chronic illnesses) are still present and active, once I began looking at the health challenges I experience as simply “part of who I am” and realizing that each day is something to appreciate. That is when I began to realize the many gifts of chronic illness. I look forward to sharing how I celebrate the gifts of chronic illness during the #WTFix chat on Twitter this Thursday at 1PM Eastern and 10AM Pacific.
#WTFix Chat Questions
T1. What is your attitude towards chronic illness today? Whether you have a chronic illness or not!
T2. How do you (or do you think you could) celebrate living with chronic illness? Or celebrate those that are living with chronic illness?
T3. As Amanda said, an attitude shift changed her life. What do you see as some of the gifts in your own #healthcare work or life living with chronic illness?
T4. After this chat (or even right now!) what can you do to shift your attitude and celebrate living with chronic illness or to celebrate someone you care about that is living with chronic illness? What about celebrate the challenges you face in helping to make health care better?