My friend Monica Angelucci trained me to become a yoga teacher. We sat in her studio in Prague in the Czech Republic, one December. It was as cold as you would imagine. Monica brought in a St. Nicholas, resplendent in a long coat with a stylized staff.
Traditionally, he would have been accompanied by a devil, to represent good and evil. (Don’t tell me that during the holidays you don’t have one relative who would more likely be accompanied by the pitchforked fellow.)
However, on this day, Monica just brought in the saint. She only invited in the light and the good.
That is the kind of person she is. So when she was confronted with a breast cancer diagnosis, it didn’t make any sense to me.
Wasn’t she supposed to be spared these things? Within a month of being diagnosed, she raved about the benefits of cancer, making me realize that she could bring her light to any situation.
Lupus causes all kinds of grief. In the summer, many people with Lupus must also contend with photosensitivity, an extreme sensitivity to sunlight which is caused by some medical conditions and drugs.
Lupus, also known as systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE, is a disease which causes chronic inflammation in connective tissue. Lupus most often hits women between 20 and 50 years of age.
Photosensitivy can affect areas of skin that have been exposed to sun. Skin lesions will often emerge on these areas. The lesions can be lumps, plaques, purple areas, and red scaly patches of skin. They can eventually cause scarring and loss of skin pigment, even hair loss.
Dermatitis in the form of skin rashes can appear, usually on the face, upper chest and outer arms.