Remaining Optimistic During Times of Uncertainty

Remaining Optimistic During Times of Uncertainty
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Lupus is unpredictable. If you have it, you might wake up feeling it’s a good energy day only to end up in the hospital. Now, in addition to already living a topsy-turvy life, we have a global pandemic to manage.

Those of us already coping with depression and anxiety from being isolated due to health reasons can relate to how everyone else now feels. It’s not easy being locked away with no real end in sight. Trying to remain optimistic is difficult when everywhere you turn, fear, worry, and concern for your loved ones paint you into a corner.

I am not fearful of the new coronavirus, and I have found ways to take a break from being painted into a corner.

Previously, I shared that I have been taking up hobbies to help me combat my depression and anxiety. Now, I’m adding a new element to this: playing games with friends on social media. It is a nice way to get my mind off things for a while.

I’ve also stopped people from sending me information via email or private messenger. There’s so much information out there that those who really want it can find it. I don’t wish to allow people to invade my personal space, so I am quick to establish boundaries.

I also like to speak with close friends and family via videoconferencing, because seeing their faces is nice when I can’t visit them without the risk of spreading the virus.

Many of us who live alone and were socially distanced before the pandemic also face new changes. I previously spent a lot of time at home, but I also was free to go shopping for fabrics, crafts, and groceries. Now we have things delivered, and many companies offer to leave purchases outside to be picked up.

I believe that focusing on something expands it. I am creating a bubble during this pandemic. For example, I will avoid focusing on the news, the fear, the virus, or anything negative. My focus at this time is on helping people get through these tough times and realizing that it will not last forever.

While this may not prompt optimism, it’s not the first time the world has shut down due to a global pandemic. We got through it before, and we’ll get through it again. Meanwhile, do your best to find things that take your mind off of the pandemic while you are tucked safely inside.

Remember to be grateful, because as we are still learning. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Let’s enjoy today.

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Kellie “Hurricane” McRae has been dubbed a force of nature. She’s the mother of 2 adults who know she is a force to be reckoned with. Diagnosed with Lupus in February 2016 after multiple hospital stays that had her saying her goodbyes to her family & writing her will she became a very vocal advocate. She has openly shared via Periscope what she calls coping while scoping and has helped many who got a fresh diagnosis as well as those who have been battling for a while. Kellie has taken on the idea that food is medicine and shares frequently the chemical ingredients found in some foods and she also shares recipe’s for great food. Food is medicine is part of her philosophy. After Lupus forced her to walk away from a 17 year career in Real Estate, she began an online business helping others go from “Coping to Cash flow” because not everyone gets approved for disability and still need to pay bills despite the unpredicatable issues that Lupus causes.
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Kellie “Hurricane” McRae has been dubbed a force of nature. She’s the mother of 2 adults who know she is a force to be reckoned with. Diagnosed with Lupus in February 2016 after multiple hospital stays that had her saying her goodbyes to her family & writing her will she became a very vocal advocate. She has openly shared via Periscope what she calls coping while scoping and has helped many who got a fresh diagnosis as well as those who have been battling for a while. Kellie has taken on the idea that food is medicine and shares frequently the chemical ingredients found in some foods and she also shares recipe’s for great food. Food is medicine is part of her philosophy. After Lupus forced her to walk away from a 17 year career in Real Estate, she began an online business helping others go from “Coping to Cash flow” because not everyone gets approved for disability and still need to pay bills despite the unpredicatable issues that Lupus causes.

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3 comments

  1. Sarah E. eastman says:

    Is anyone else having an incredibly hard time getting their plaquenil/hydroxychloroquine filled lately? I have turned to illegal transactions on facebook and other forms of social media to get it! Why not stories about this? what is going on with drub company production of this drug?

    • Kellie McRae says:

      Hi Sarah, I’m sorry you are having such a difficult time getting the medications you need. This is not something I am experiencing therefore, it’s not something I can write about from my own perspective. My column is about my personal experience. I hope that soon they will manufacture more so you don’t have to result to trying to get it from sources that may be questionable. Wishing you the best.

      • Kellie McRae says:

        Hi Sarah, I had to come back and add something else to my comment and I hope you have your notifications on to get this. While I am able to get my medications, I am angry about not just the shortages but insurers now denying warriors these medications. I will be speaking at some point about those feelings. I hope my last response did not leave you with the feeling that I don’t care because I am not directly affected but I just can’t speak about not getting the meds because where I am in the world, I was able to get what I needed without any issues. Wishing you the best and I hope soon you can get the medications you need.

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