Wow…Another year has flown by and I have so much to be grateful for!!
It’s hard for me to even begin. It has been a very busy year for life in general and I have so much to be thankful for. I have definitely learned and grown in 2018 and am excited for 2019. The Sjögren’s and Lupus Foundation of Hawaii has a lot of exciting events coming next year and personally I have many hopes and dreams for my life too!
2018 started out a little slow for me and I really had no control over how things were happening for myself and my family. Life happens and that’s something we all need to learn to live with each and everyday. It’s how we choose to adjust to what’s going on and how we move forward from sadness, frustration and the “uncontrollable” as I refer to it.
I have worked so hard to live healthy and be happy every day since being diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome in 2011. I have been successful in managing my life, my health, my family and work. After being able to get my pertinent labs back to normal last year and feeling great, I have to work on how to manage the uncontrollables that come rolling into my life every so often. I’ve had a few this year and it’s been a learning experience for me. Trying to figure out how to not stress about it, but yet address the issue and move forward is something that takes a lot of hard work, focus and support! It’s all about balance and I continue to grow each day in this area of my life.
Words of Wisdom…“On the other side of our greatest fear is our greatest life”
I found this quote a few months ago and fell in love with it! It makes me feel confident everyday and helps to remind me about how life is a challenge but never give up on your hopes and dreams in life.
As I reflect on 2018 I am grateful for….
Of course my beautiful family who brings love, joy, happiness and excitement to my amazing life everyday!
My family and friends who understand me and support all that I believe in doing to help others to make a difference in the lives of those living with an autoimmune disease.
My Board of Directors, Medical and Advisory Council members with the foundation slfhawaii.org for their never-ending support to live my dream to educate and advocate for those who need us!
A successful Sjögren’s and Lupus Health and Wellness Conference on May 5, 2018! What and awesome day with lots of information, education, support, sharing and most of all connecting with almost 180 attendees!!
The foundation has been blessed and received a grant! We are so excited to get started with collaborating and new projects in 2019!
Finally seeing Bruno Mars live at the Aloha Stadium (I’ve been waiting forever to see him) BEST CONCERT EVER!!!!!!!
Traveling and allowing my daughter to visit colleges and experience what a “Student-Athlete” life might be like for her in 2020!
Gosh I could go on and on but also want to share what I have to be so grateful for in 2019 too…
Another AMAZING, EXCITING year of health, wellness and happiness in my life!
Family time enjoying each other and great adventures together, traveling for volleyball tournaments, checking out more colleges and taking life one day at a time.
Doing ALL that I can to help others and that includes…
Four support groups in 2019. All will be at the MOA Wellness Center on these dates and times
- Friday, February 22, 2019 form 5-7pm
- Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 11-1pm
- Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 9-11am
- Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 12-2pm
The Kauai Education Event on March 2, 2019 at Wilcox Medical Center…HUGE MAHALO to Jen Chahanovich and Hawaii Pacific Health for supporting this event!!!
The Sjögren’s and Lupus Health and Wellness Conference on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Pōmaika‘i Ballrooms!
Raising much-needed awareness in Hawaii and visiting the outer islands to help support their needs living with an autoimmune disease!
Please remember to be GRATEFUL and THANKFUL everyday for all that you have in your life! Wishing you lots of love, joy, happiness and most of all HEALTH and WELLNESS…
I’m BLESSED to live this life that I love and look forward to another wonderful year of my life!