The moving expedition to Cape Girardeau was crazy. Note to self … moving on the hottest weekend of the summer is not a good idea. However, I had no choice. Armed with the physical and emotional help of friends, family, cold bottled water and the welcoming arms of my sister, I started a new chapter of my life.
I’ve been in Cape for a month. Living with my sister is great. We have established a routine of sorts, and my days are productive. When I’m not taking care of the house, I’m busy making jewelry, which I’m planning to exhibit my work at a local arts and crafts fair in November and am designing all sorts of fun earrings. In a couple months I’ll host a wine and cheese “premier party” for my jewelry line, called Harmony Beads. At some point, I’ll have a Facebook page for Harmony Beads that will feature more inventory.
Designing and creating jewelry at home provides me with a creative outlet. It’s a very lupus-friendly activity. Because I have lupus, working at home lets me control my environment, especially when it comes to temperature and light. I’m also able to take breaks when I am tired, and get up and move around when my joints get stiff. These type of accommodations are not typically found in a traditional work setting. In the meantime, my sister is providing me a home. I am able to contribute somewhat with my unemployment check. I should find out about my disability application soon.
Change is hard. I didn’t ask to lose my job and move to another city, but I’m dealing with it. Every three weeks I return home to receive IVIG infusions and visit with friends. I now have the opportunity to travel and visit my son in Wisconsin, my brother in Colorado, and my niece in North Carolina. I may be unemployed and living with lupus, but I’m a tough cookie.
So many things in life are out of my control, yet I remain optimistic. Lupus will continue to throw me some nasty curve balls, but I work hard at being thankful for the blessings and abundance in my life.