bravo!!! well said I really like that idea, the body is mine.
Ann A. said:
i have not taken meds for lupus for quite sometime.It has not been a part of my daily routine for decades My bloodwork encouraged a new doc to say that I do not have lupus - then I went sunbathing and he changed his mind quickly. Last week I got a splinter of glass in my foot. Without thinking, I used a full spectrum lamp to find and remove the sliver of glass. in less than five minutes every part of my hands that had been exposed was covered with a rash. that lamp does not live here anymore. I tend to think of the lupus as being in remission and I try to keep it that way. for me the most important part of living with lupus for 47 years has been identifying and avoiding triggers.
new physicians always want me on meds, then they see how badly I react to them and they set me free. i do eat well. After I retired I took some time and earned a degree in holistic health and nutrition education. I don't work with clients but I keep myself going pretty well -until a new doc shows up and wants me to try what he thinks is the latest miracle drug. getting over one of those experiences right now.
If UV is my main trigger then stress is close behind. A couple of decades ago, I was lucky enough to have access to a mind-body medicine center at a local hospital. i derive great benefit from acupuncture, massage, hypnosis, meditation a other autogenic techniques and exercise, especially swimming.
I am not leaping tall buildings or catching bullets in my bare hands but I am doing just fine for a woman of 68 who was dx with her first autoimmune disease when she was 10 and who lived into her 60s with undiagnosed congenital malformations, painful ones.
As long as I avoid UV, eat well, sleep well, get the right amount of exercise, and cope actively with stressors, lupus does not become the center of my life and the physicians stop stressing me our about meds.
I do believe strongly in the concept of BIOCHEMICAL INDIVIDUALITY. What works for most may not work for all. I believe that we should have the freedom to explore and learn what works best for us. My insistence on that is too a large extent why I am still here. In the end, when I own nothing else in the world, THIS BODY IS MINE.