Don’t Be Reduced

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

-Maya Angelou

Afternoon Lupies,

Every so often I like to delve into a good book and get carried away. I love the idea of getting lost into a book and hanging on to every word on the page. The book of choice this time happens to be Rising Strong by Brené Brown.

So I’m sitting in my car on my lunch break reading and a quote stuck out from the page like a shiny red truck among a whole host of black ones. The quote read, You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

I like to think that everything regarding my lupus has been under control. I have my diet under control and I have my mediciation taking routine under control as well. I like to think that I can participate in some, NOT all, of the activities I use to prior to my diagnosis. I like to think that I can complete most tasks I couldn’t normally do before. And evey now and then I have a flare where I am stopped dead in my tracks and forced to chill out, but for the most part, everything seems to be under control.

HOWEVER, lately the control seems to have slipped away from my grasp. Everything seems to be spiraling out of control. I have been experiencing one issue after another after another.

First it was the sinus infection that lasted longer than it should have (bloody nose and sore throat). Then it was the pneumonia (darn stubborn cough) that I developed due to not properly taking care of a respiratory infection (I didn’t know I had). Then there is the inflammation that continues to rehash in and around my lungs. Oh, and let’s not forget the decreased breathing my pulmonologist says I have. The doctor seems to think I have air or fluid in my lungs that is now affecting my breathing (the mild affect) and could cause my lungs to collapse (the severe affect). NOW I have to go and get a chest x-ray to determine the problem (UGH).

But as the quote suggests, I CANNOT be reduced by the things that are happening to me. I may not have control over the events, but I don’t have to let them be the end of me either. I will not be reduced by Lupus!

Enjoy your day Lupies

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