As my middle son approached graduation last year he shared with me
his passion to help others build strong healthy bodies. After my diagnosis
he began a mission to help me fight Lupus with him right by my side...
He enrolled in the academy and became a personal trainer and certified
nutritionist. He is also CPR and first aide certified as well. His goal to help seniors &
others with disabilities learn how to strengthen their core and gain mobility
back into their lives living to the fullest.
Battle was something Christopher was all to familiar with. His Asthma since youth
lead me on a mission during his four years of varsity wrestling in high school. We worked
as a team as I watched him struggle till he won his champion titles his Senior year.
Now we are a new team as he is leading the way...
He has a heart that blesses me each and everyday.
Pride of a lion just like his mama...
Most people see me smiling and bouncing around at
Country Roads, the flea market or when I am
in the midst of planning a wedding or event
Christopher sees me at my worst when the Lupus
takes me to the ring and the gloves are off
Lupus like any auto immune illness is very cruel to the body.
It steals like a thief, it breaks down, attacks and destroys
the good. It is a fight and a mental one at its best. My son
has taught me through nutrition and supplements to help
restore some of what Lupus repeatedly takes from my body.
I fought kicking and screaming as he went through
the list of items that I needed to remove from my diet
I still have to have some from time to time
Of course I give him warning " mom's eating junk "
The one thing that I never realized was how much meds I
did not have to take due to his knowledge and that I
could achieve the same benefits from food without
using drugs that the pharmaceutical companies push.
Christopher and I have shed many tears together
especially when I look back to the woman I once was
who could do just about anything to the woman now who is
smiling when she can fly a kite with her precious
Gracie on a windy day.
Gods grace is the one weapon that will never fail me and the
love and support of my family.
Gods blessing through this illness is priceless...
Last week I was chatting with Sue at the counter
at Country Roads and when we left I looked
at Mr. Dior and I said " if I did not have Lupus I would have missed
out on all of this " He replied " I know " as his eyes filled with tears.
I have another Family now that gives me an incredible
amount of love and support along my journey...
Sue's daughter Katie will know just by looking at me
when I walk in the door and will say to me with her
beautiful smile " todays a good day Huh Kate?"
" Yes " it is a GOOD day...
the friendships that I have made
through the business, well words cannot express how grateful
I am. So many wonderful women and bloggers have blessed
my heart tremendously.
The mornings that I cannot move and the pain is unbearable
I have an angel who has to carry me to the bathroom.
He does it like its nothing and first sentence out is
"how's my girl this morning?" thats when the river of tears flow
His love never fails. When you stand there taking vows you
never really think about the " for worse ".
this little diva reminds me everyday there is a
whole lotta Better!!!!
My love and grattitude to all of you
and to my Christopher
my cup runneth over
We start training next week at his new facility
Wish me luck! I want to look like Demi Moore by
summer! I think I forgot to tell him that part.
Photography by the father of my children
Rick Maxwell our anchor in the storm...