Author Archives: Marisazeppieri

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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