Author Archives: Kristiana Page

Understanding What It Means to Be a ‘Spoonie’

When I was first diagnosed with lupus, my cousin was kind enough to send me the link to Christine Miserandino’s “Spoon Theory,” to help aid me in the process of trying to explain what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. I read through it and understood…

Lupus, Body Shame, and Learning Self-Love

Lying in bed, scrolling though Instagram, I came across a post devoted to the promotion of self-love and healthy bodies. The caption told the story of how the girl pictured had spent a majority of her life hating her body and shaming herself into trying to match society’s…

Prednisolone: My Love-Hate Relationship with Steroids

When I pictured being in my twenties I had a few expectations. I didn’t expect to have everything figured out, but I assumed that I would have a rough idea about where I wanted to be and, more than anything, I thought that at least physically I would…

Wanderlust and Lupus

The very first time I stepped onto Californian soil, in 2013, I was instantly in love with the different culture, how I was completely immersed in something so foreign to everything I’d ever known. My wanderlust was born. From that day on, I’ve planned my life around my…

Climbing Everest

I’ve grieved for the loss of a loved one, felt pain because no matter how much I wanted them to be with me, they simply couldn’t be anymore. I’ve felt grief in shattering heartbreak, as I had to understand that the person and relationship I yearned for no…

Acceptance & Understanding in Lupus

There are plenty of things that have changed since my diagnosis. For example, I now live on a low-sodium and low-potassium diet and the convenience of being able to eat whatever I want whenever I want no longer exists. I take a cocktail of prescription medication that I…

Walking Alongside Lupus

I’ve always had some kind of sense of direction in life. Always had a rough idea of where I wanted to be headed and if I fell on my face, hey, that’s A-OK. I’d just dust myself off, throw my head back, laugh at myself and continue on my way.

Starting A New Chapter: Lupus

Editor’s Note: Kristiana Page is the latest columnist to join the Lupus News Today team. In her new column, entitled, “The Girl Who Cried Wolf,” she explores a wide range of topics that hit home for Lupus patients. Her first post talks about her diagnosis as well as…