Two days ago I read an article written by Lupus International about living with lupus. What is lupus you may ask? Well Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various systems of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys.This lupus thing sounds serious doesn’t it?! Not really, I was diagnosed with it twenty four years ago when I was nineteen, and I am doing just fine trust me.
OK back to the article. It stated that a person with lupus has to accept the fact they will never be the person they were before being diagnosed. The “new normal” was the term Lupus International used. In other words, “new normal” means that You and I are supposed to learn to cope with physical and mental anguish. Really! I think not.
Years ago, I researched my lupus symptoms and realized that lupus could affect my kidneys. From that day forward, I began a plan of action to make sure my body would stay strong throughout my life. First, I reduced my protein intake by no longer eating red meat. Secondly, I talked to my doctor who suggested I start drinking fresh press beet juice. Well I am no hater of beets, but I wouldn’t say if a saw a single one I would marry it either. Luckily for me I met a young lady name Tiesha Becker who made and still makes the best fresh press juice in the world. My favorite juice of hers is Swiss Beets. Honestly at this point in my life, I drink it more for the taste than the health benefits it provides my organs especially my kidneys. The next thing I did on my mission to stay healthy was study different exercise programs that would be the correct fit for my body. I didn’t want to do a program that involved heavy weight lifting because I didn’t want my muscle tendons and joints to become tight and rigid. I figured a tight and ridge body might look good on the outside, but on the inside especially as I aged that tightness would eventually cause stiff and painful joint aliments. Therefore after much trial, error, and research, I decided to practice Yoga. Yoga won me over because it was not only going to make my body look good outwardly, but it was going to make my insides healthy. Now who was going to teach this neophyte Yoga? I wasn’t sure but I knew just who to ask, the juice master. Anybody who is that into health has to know someone who does Yoga right; wouldn’t you think so too? Well it turns out that the juice master was also a yoga master aka a registered Yoga teacher.  I began my practice immediately and haven’t looked back. I would highly recommend that you do the same because living with a “new normal” was not and is not ever an option for me. And I don’t want it to be an option for You!! Lastly, I would like to thank Tiesha Becker for helping and caring for me throughout my mission and allowing me to tell to world my story on

Lupus lover


  1. Sue Billings says:

    Thanks for sharing your story Mark. Very enlightening article.

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