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Happiness is... 2015 #HAWMC Day 2

"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.  It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections."  Unknown

Today's Prompt: Key to Happiness What do you think is the key to happiness? Is it being able to overcome a hard time? Laughter? Maintaining a positive attitude? Tell us what you think and why.

Participating in the 2015 Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge brings me joy and happiness.  As a woman with Lupus (and other autoimmune conditions), I am simply glad that this Spring I am strong enough to join the WEGO Health Community.  This past year has been full of life, death, new and continuing medical concerns as well as finding my voice as a Healthcare Activist and a lot of music, mostly jazz.

Living with Lupus for 33 years has taught me to appreciate the simple pleasure of each day and celebrate the struggles of life.  Every day is a new opportunity to find my smile.  People have actually told me that if they were diagnosed with my diseases, they would wish they were dead.  Well, I am determined to strive and thrive despite being diagnosed with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis (Rheumatoid and Osteo), Antiphospholipid Syndrome and most recently IBS.  Being a patient patient has not always been easy and my brother helps me realize that laughter is better than the alternative.

I wish I was a locksmith and had the master "key to happiness" instead I toil with inflammation, pain and fatigue.  Focusing on the joy of music instead of the ailments helps me cope and smile.  As I have said before "Smiles are contagious.  Lupus is not."

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