Tips for being a student with lupus

I feel really lucky that four months after my diagnosis I was able to begin my masters degree in a foreign country - not everyone gets that pleasure. Often lupus forces people to quit school or university, with hope of maybe returning when things are a little better. I, however, am a stubborn individual, so [...]

I have a Masters degree!

Disclaimer: I actually still have my dissertation to complete before my degree is official, but we had the ceremony anyway so had to celebrate. Yes, despite another 10,000 words to write about human rights in the Middle East, and an extra semester in Berlin for the fun of it, my degree is complete! I can't [...]

3 Years, 3 Faces

Okay so in the last photo I had been drinking so it’s not the most flattering… But this is a comparison of my face from 2015, 2016, and 2017, all from around the same time of the year. In other words, pre-diagnosis of lupus, when I was on about 40mg of steroids, and nowadays when [...]

Little Lupie Essentials

Coffee Not the healthiest of options/recommended by doctors and nutritionists, but let's face it, with chronic fatigue and the days when just getting breakfast or taking a shower can drain you of all energy, a good strong coffee is needed and well-deserved. Other options like herbal tea, gentle exercise (maybe just a walk!) or even [...]

Lupus Beauty

It often feels like lupus and beauty do not go hand in hand. Before I was diagnosed I was rather okay with my physical appearance. Never 100% happy, always finding faults, but I felt like I could talk to guys with confidence and enjoy taking a selfie from time to time (priorities...) All that changed when [...]

Easy, Healthy Meals

Everybody wants to eat healthier - it makes you feel much more alert, proactive, and generally better both physically and mentally. And when you have a chronic illness, such as lupus, eating healthy is more important than ever. You need protein, iron, vitamins, omega 3, everything basically that isn't high in salt, sugar, or fat. [...]

First Impressions of Lupus

It's been just over 2 months since I received my lupus diagnosis and started on all the treatment and medication that entails. I've discussed things with friends and family, I've already seen a multitude of doctors, and god knows how many blood tests I've had (I think I'm finally getting used to them - have only fainted [...]