Colorado’s Anti “Puffing” Law Impacts People Living with Chronic Pain (And Other Thoughts I Should Be Forgiven For)

Carie ShermanBy Carie Sherman

Holy change in weather, batman!

I’ve been hurting so badly and had no idea why, until my mom reminded me that Grandpa Harold always said he knew when the weather was changing because he felt it in his bones.

And then there’s my BFF, who doesn’t have an autoimmune condition yet complains of pain and weakness in her bum knee. Poor girl. Her bum knee is the result of having an airhead for a “spotter” who let her fall and tear her ACL during cheerleading practice. In my defense, I had a Tootsie Pop in my hand. Who knows what might have happened if I’d been a good spotter? Maybe she’d have had to cut a lollipop out of her hair? Or suffered a puncture wound from that cardboard-stick thingy?

Another friend posted on Facebook about her Raynaud’s and not being able to feel her toes. And yesterday I met a woman I just met who was having trouble picking something up.

“My hands aren’t working,” she said. Mine weren’t either.
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November Newsletter

Remember Lupus Colorado On Colorado Gives Day

CGD 2013_MasterMark your calendars and tell your friends! Colorado Gives Day is right around the corner. On Dec. 10 your donation to Lupus Colorado will be leveraged by the Community First Foundation.

For 24 hours, donations will be accepted through the website ColoradoGives.org. Please log on on Dec. 10 and support Lupus Colorado!

“Colorado Gives Day puts Colorado’s non-profits in the forefronts of people’s minds,” said Lupus Colorado Executive Director Debbie Lynch. “It’s an opportunity to reflect on what causes are important to you and give — knowing that your money will be leveraged and the impact of your gift made greater.”

Colorado Gives Day is an online giving initiative created by the Community First Foundation and supported by Colorado’s largest locally owned bank and corporate partner FirstBank.
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Seven Life Hacks for the Chronically Ill

Carie ShermanBy Carie Sherman

In my last post, I confessed that my tendency to avoid chores stressed me out.

First, thank you for the suggestions! And for commiserating. It doesn’t matter if you’re sick or not–it’s overwhelming to stay on top of everything.

So I did me a lil’ search on Pinterest, and found a few fun tips that even organizationally-challenged folks like me can handle. Enjoy!
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September Newsletter

People Of European Of African American Descent May Be A Great Risk For Lupus

Lupus nephritis is more common in people of European or African-American descent with two specific genes according to research just published by David W. Powell, PhD, of the University of Louisville, and colleagues in the online edition of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  About half of all lupus patients develop lupus nephritis. The varied incidence rates of the condition between ethnic groups suggests genes may play a role.

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