My Morning Routine for Managing Lupus

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Heather Glantz has good days and bad days with lupus. She takes things one day at a time.

It took many years to get it right, but I've perfected a morning routine that allows me to prepare for the day while preventing my lupus from getting the best of me. For me, it's all about taking it slow and resting as much as possible, and I make sure that everything I need is exactly where I need it to be.

I try to stay in bed as much as possible before I start my day, so my curling iron, mirror, brush and makeup are all in a drawer next to my bed. After my alarm goes off in the morning, I'll get out of bed slowly, go to the bathroom, brush my teeth and wash my face. My shower is built for me: there's a bench in it and everything I need is at arm's length. While I'm standing, I do whatever I can think of that requires me to move around.  Then, I lie down again as soon as possible.

Heather shares her struggle with life after being diagnosed with lupus.

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