I WONDER

I wonder
what it would be like
to wake up in the morning
and first thoughts not turn to pain.

I wonder
what it would be like
to plan a day
without thought given to how I might feel.

I wonder
what it would be like
when asked how I am,
to answer truthfully.

I wonder
what it would be like
to go for a run, to be sore,
not sick the next day.

I wonder
what it would be like
if my family did not have to worry
about what my future might be.

I wonder
what it would be like
if the numbers on speed dial
belonged to friends, not doctors.

I wonder
what it would be like
to open the medicine cabinet
and not see rows of pill bottles.

I wonder
what it would be like
to forget about lupus
just for a day.

 

Cindy Conen  rheum to heal

I was diagnosed with lupus over 30 years ago and have suffered many, many challenges from the disease since then. However, I do not choose to focus on the negative aspects of my disease, but to look beyond it to find the positive things that life has to offer. Not only am I blessed with an unsinkable spirit, I am also honored to assist thousands living with chronic illness in moving beyond “coping” with limitations to discovering their own unsinkable spirits (one person dubbed me the Ambassador of Hope).  My days are spent writing, consulting, walking my dog and delivering keynote addresses around the world. I’ve recently finished my term as national Board Chair for the Lupus Foundation of America. Nothing makes me any happier than helping others recapture joy and fulfillment after the diagnosis of a chronic illness!