The ABC’s of Lupus. (Or, 26 Things About Lupus.) | My Meena Life | Photo via Pixabay licensed under CC0.

The ABC’s of Lupus. (Or, 26 Things About Lupus.)

A few months ago I stumbled across a post called Fibromyalgia A to Z and it struck me as a great way to quickly share lots of information about a chronic illness.  There are many symptoms and aspects of my illness that don’t necessarily find their way into my blog posts about lupus and this was certainly one of the more creative ways to share 26 of them with you.  I hope you learn something new about lupus from this list. […]

Our Anniyurtsary – Staying at a Luxury Yurt in Afton, Virginia. | My Meena Life

Our Anniyurtsary – Staying at a Luxury Yurt in Afton, Virginia.

In December we celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary in a luxury yurt in Afton, Virginia.  Little did we know when we booked this “anniyurtsary” last August that it would also be serving as our babymoon!  We found out we were expecting in late September and also realized that time and financial limitations would prevent us from taking a dedicated babymoon (something I’ve always wanted to do). Fortunately, this luxury yurt was so fantastic that it helped me forget my disappointment about […]

My Lupus Pregnancy: The First Trimester. | My Meena Life

My Lupus Pregnancy: The First Trimester.

I’m so excited to share the news of my lupus pregnancy!  Well, I did announce it on Instagram and Twitter back in November.  I also mentioned it in my recent posts, A Day in the Life with Lupus and my 2017 Yearly Digest.  But I know those snippets likely did not reach all of my readers. I have to admit that I really didn’t expect the word ‘pregnancy’ to enter into my personal vocabulary in 2017.  It has been a whirlwind of prenatal […]

2017 Yearly Digest

2017 Yearly Digest.

At the beginning of 2017 Mr. Meena and I had been back in the USA, after living in Germany, for less than 100 days.  We were living in an apartment of our own choosing for the first time and generally feeling very conflicted about the direction of our lives.  I guess repatriation tends to do that to you. Now, 12 months later, we are settling into our first house, preparing to have a baby (!!), and feeling much more certain about […]

A Day in the Life with Lupus. | My Meena Life

A Day in the Life with Lupus.

Have you ever wondered what life with lupus might be like?  As one of the 1.5 million people in the U.S. and about five million people worldwide with lupus, I want to share a day in my life with you. In case you aren’t familiar with lupus, I’ll give you a brief introduction.  Lupus is an autoimmune disease that makes your body self-destruct.  Normal, healthy people have an immune system that works properly and kicks into gear when there is […]

Visiting the Baumwipfelpfad Steigerwald – an Incredible Treetop Path in Bavaria, Germany.

Visiting the Baumwipfelpfad Steigerwald – an Incredible Treetop Path in Bavaria, Germany.

A little over a year ago I had the great pleasure of visiting the Baumwipfelpfad Steigerwald in Bavaria with a dear friend of mine.  You may be asking, “The Baumwipfelp… uh, what?”  Well, “Baumwipfelpfad” is German for treetop path and “Steigerwald” is simply a region of Germany, which includes the Steigerwald Nature Park.  But the term ‘treetop path’ doesn’t fully describe just how awesome this attraction truly is. Visiting the Baumwipfelpfad Steigerwald. The Baumwipfelpfad Steigerwald is located in Ebrach, which […]

Daily Living with Lupus | My Meena Life

Taking One Day at a Time: Daily Living with Lupus.

This is a guest post by Brittany from NewLifeOutlook.  In this post, she is sharing tips on daily living with lupus, which range from dealing with skin rashes to coping with the reactions of others.  I hope you find it useful and educational.   Living with lupus sometimes requires you to slow down and take one day at a time. There’s no sense in pushing yourself so far that you become fatigued. Yes, there will be some days where you’ll […]

13 Haunted Places to Travel to for Halloween (Infographic). | My Meena Life. (Public domain photo via Wikipedia Commons.)

13 Haunted Places to Travel for Halloween (Infographic).

I vividly remember stepping carefully among the cobblestone streets of Charleston with my Dad during a ghost tour, even though we took that tour almost a decade ago.  We exchanged sharp glances and whispered conversation each time we learned something new and intriguing from our tour guide.  We didn’t put much stock in the supernatural, but we were happy to learn more about Charleston and its history as we walked the streets that night.  It was ultimately one of the most […]

A Guide to the Outer Banks Lighthouses in North Carolina.

A Guide to the Outer Banks Lighthouses in North Carolina.

Visiting the Outer Banks Lighthouses was my favorite part of our trip to the North Carolina coast this past summer.  Even though I’m a North Carolina native, I’ve spent very little time in the Outer Banks and I had never actually set foot inside a lighthouse before this trip.  I found the five Outer Banks Lighthouses so delightful that I’ve caught lighthouse fever – I’ve set a goal to see 90% of the lighthouses on the eastern coast of the […]

10 Things I Didn't Realize Would Happen After I Was Diagnosed with Lupus. | My Meena Life

10 Things I Didn’t Realize Would Happen After I Was Diagnosed with Lupus.

Being diagnosed with lupus was a bewildering experience for me.  Suddenly, everything made sense – the joint pain, the rashes, the fatigue, the swelling… the endless appearance of new and strange symptoms.  Yet, at the same time, nothing seemed to make sense.  No one in my family had an autoimmune disease; I’d barely even heard the word lupus spoken before. It’s been eight enlightening months since I was diagnosed with lupus, and I feel like I’m just starting to get […]