Author Archives: Marisazeppieri

I Should Have Given Up By Now But I Won’t Let Lupus Win

Have you ever felt hopeless because of a chronic illness? Were you angry and maybe resentful of the loss of your health and independence? Have you ever felt like your body turned against you for no apparent reason? Learn how one woman faced debilitating lupus flares head on, and embraced her life with lupus. By changing her outlook and perspective she eventually regained control of her journey, le

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Lupus Left Me in a Wheelchair. I Fought Back to Walk Again. Now, I’m the Reigning Mrs. New York

By Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana

I was 23 when I was diagnosed with Lupus.  After multiple small strokes, blood clots, heart issues, chemo and more than 30 hospitalizations, I would wind up in a wheelchair at 31 years old.  That was one of my worst lupus flares. I was wheelchair bound, confined to a hospital bed, unable to feed or bathe myself, and slowly wasting away.  At this point I knew I needed a drastic lifestyle change

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Mrs. New York’s 3-Day Food Journal of Lupus Fighting Meals

By Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana

During my 13-year journey with lupus, I’ve gone from being wheelchair-bound to Mrs. New York USA Universal. Along the way, I had to learn how to use food and lifestyle changes to manage my lupus. I found keeping a food journal an essential diagnostic tool to track trigger foods. Being able to look back on times of flare-ups, and a sudden increase of symptoms such as sores in my mouth and nose

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