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What is Lupus?

Today is Lupus Awareness Day and while I had heard of this disease I knew very little about it so I went looking for information and found the above infographic and the definition below. I can not help but feel deep admiration to the people who suffer from this and still go through their days working and living a normal life. I envy them a little, I have never been able to do that. If you are seeking more answers about this disease check out this Pinterest board Be aware & take care

Ode to Lost Socks

This image has been circulating around the 'net . Its a good answer to the age-old question "What happens to the socks we lose in the dryer?" Oh no! Not again! I know I had two! This makes me insane! When socks disappear. What's a girl to do? I searched high, I searched low. Letting go a long sigh I accepted the inevitable It was wherever lost socks go. I pick up the single And think on the stray Then with a tingle I put it away, just in case The other comes back someday!

Dreaming about the Iris

I remember watching for the long green leaves that indicated that the Iris was coming. With Robins and tulips they were the sure signs that the spring and the return of the warm weather were finally here. My dad grew them and so did I when I had a house with space for a garden. The pretty yellow and purples always put a smile on my face and a son in my heart. In the garden of the building, they have begun to come up and I can't wait! I have been going out every day taking photos of them in the hopes that I will catch the very first bloom.  I am just glad the landlord planted lots of bulbs because there is a very hungry squirrel out there who has been raiding the garden for the bulbs. I created a Pinterest board for them so that I can go look at them and cheer myself up as we go through our rainy season. If you are in the need of a smile or a dose of colour check it out.

Barrier Awareness Day

Visible and invisible barriers are equally difficult to overcome.  With advocacy, education and awareness these obstacles can be lifted, empowering people with disabilities to live more independent fulfilled lives. We are aware of the physical barriers and due to some very serious activists those are being fixed but the mental barriers are still a big problem. Not all people in a wheelchair are unable to work for instance, they could do any job that requires sitting like office work or even as restaurant Hosts. Their legs may not work but their minds and their hands are fully capable of doing things anyone else could.  That is as long as the physical barriers have been removed and the employers have opened their minds to the possibilities When the buses put in the ramps and special seating area for wheelchairs and baby carriages I was so happy! I am not at the wheelchair stage yet but I would love an electric scooter or other mobility devices to get me around when my legs

What is Melanoma?

Skin Cancer What causes Melanoma? Tanning beds are usually the first culprit named but it is based on UV light which comes from the sun. If you burn easily make sure you cover your body in sunscreen if you are outside for long periods of time. Repeated sunburns can cause a simple mole to turn malignant plus the more moles you have the higher your chances of getting it. Lucky for me I have only one and it is in the middle of my back so it is covered most of the time, others are not so lucky. Things you should look for: Like the breast check for breast cancer you should check your skin regularly looking for the following: Change to an existing mole New spot or patch on your skin A spot that looks like a changing freckle or age spot Dark streak under a fingernail or toenail Band of darker skin around a fingernail or toenail Slowly growing patch of thick skin that looks like a scar You can have melanoma without feeling any pain or discomfort. For many people, th

Talking about- Mental Illness (Simple or Complex)

Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function. A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life, such as at school or work or in relationships. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy). It is not fun having a mental illness as some of you already know. It is one of those invisible illnesses that can really screw up your life and not show on the outside in any way. You all know the stereotype the so-called normal people associate with mental illness but when medicated very little shows

Robin: How happy I was to see you!

Every Spring I look for the first robin of the year or at least the first robin I see. To me it indicates that winter is finally over, the bad weather might not be over but the winter itself is. When I see my first one I wear a smile all day. This year I saw the first one on April 27th and I was so excited I told everyone I met. The following day we had a small snow flurry but I didn't care I had seen a robin so I knew it would not stick. The Robin is also a Spirit Animal .  Robin signifies stimulation of new growth and renewal in many areas of life. He teaches that any changes can be made with joy, laughter and a song in your heart. He is one of several birds I identify with maybe down the road I'll tell you about the others. For Now... WELCOME SPRING!