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Challenge Completed.

Arms raised in success, I completed the challenge!

If you have been following my journey (via this blog) during April for the 2012 WEGO Health's Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge you know that I have been completing the challenges one post at a time.  There were days when I felt up to the task and more than a few when I felt like I should simply give up.

The WEGO Health #HAWMC was much like living with Lupus.  In the beginning, I had no idea how far I would go and in the end, I feel that I managed to accomplish my goal and share more of my Lupus story.  I had a lot of help along the way and want to play the "Thank You Game" now.  Without, Tiffany @TiffanyAndLupus I would not have started the #HAWMC in the first place.  It is Tiffany who makes me strive to be a more active ePatient.  There were days when I wanted to give up.  Writer's block would creep in and my mind would begin to play tricks on me, the negative self-talk was almost impossible to overcome but with the help of @julianna12369 of who some nights talked me through the more difficult prompts, I/we managed to succeed.

My favorite prompt from the second I saw the list of Challenges was the Theme Song post.  I liked the posts and prompts that accentuated the positive aspects of living with a health focus.  The post I liked the least, well the prompt I had the most trouble with was the "Miracle Cure" -- that prompt had me thinking about and facing my concern that what if they don't find a cure for Lupus.  My thoughts about the "Miracle Cure" prompt push me to fight now more than ever to support the Alliance for Lupus Research, the ALR is the only global Lupus non-profit who donates 100% of every donation directly to Lupus Research. 

I spent a lot of time reading about many different conditions and health issues during April.  I truly enjoyed learning the ways people have of writing, sharing and exploring their "health focus".  I remember when 30 days seemed like an eternity.  One day at a time, with the help of my supportive team/community, I/we accomplished the goal of writing a post a day for 30 days.

Now, it is May and Lupus Awareness Month is here.  "Lupus Awareness is fun, Lupus is not."

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