Welcoming Lupus Romania
Dear friends and readers,
As difficult and challenging as our lives with lupus can be, our experiences can also be educational, encouraging and mind/spirit expanding, when we stretch ourselves to exceed our limitations and surpass our expectations. One of the very best inspirations for personal growth in lupies like Chris, me and all of us is getting to know other lupies. I get so zinged by the sincerity, hope and determination in those I meet that it elevates me above my own pain and I leap to meet them in mid-air, reaching out beyond what life seems to be, to what life can become.
I’m so happy to introduce you to our new sister site here at Lupus NewsLog, the ground-breaking and incomparable Lupus Romania
The long history of Romania has been romantically colorful and politically complicated and, perhaps because of it, Romanians are very strong, passionate and resilient people. With the new year, Romania has joined the European Union, a move which can be politically and socially energizing for all member countries. This could be a great opportunity for scientific and medical research and our new friends Patricia and Stefan are right at the pivot point, surging forward to serve all those Romanians who are living with lupus.
Patricia and Stefan have not only created the research based website, Lupus Romania but are in the process of establishing the Lupus Foundation in Romania. They are remarkable people with impressive drive and determination and it is my great pleasure to introduce them to you. Although their site is naturally published in their native language, I’m sure you’ll get a profound sense of their dedication, effort and high ideals, just as Chris and I have.
As our new sister site, Lupus Romania will be publishing our articles, translated by Patricia, sharing our research and our links. Lupus NewsLog will be publishing updates on news from Lupus Romania. This is one of the beauties of digging up clinical research, clarifying it from medical-speak into everyday terminology and carrying it forward for the benefit of us all; we all share the weight, responsibility and benefit as we pass it along.
Chris and I feel so honored and delighted that our work will help men, women and children in Romania to understand and cope with their own lupus. Yet, it isn’t only Patricia, Stefan and lupies in Romania who benefit from this new relationship - we are all enriched and enlightened by sharing and we all grow from such bonds. We really are all members of the same human family and what graces the life of one, enhances the life of another. In the words of Luciano de Cresenzo (and my signature quote for many years), "We are, each of us, angels with one wing and we can only fly by embracing one another." Together, we may even soar beyond the reach of the wolf.
Please visit our Lupus NewsLog Thrivers page and read "Learn To Live Again" (Invata Sa Traiesti Din Nou), Patricia’s story in her own words. In her graceful self-expression, you will touch and be charmed by the soul of Lupus Romania.