How lupus sufferers can take care of themselves in the winter

I can personally say that I’m enjoying the cold weather we’re having in Chicago. Yesterday, when we had that 60 degrees, either I was having hot flashes or I was just getting warm because the heat was on in my apartment. That brief warm stint reminded me of what is to come in a few... Read more »

Breakfast with The Jam TV Show

Breakfast with The Jam TV Show
The Jam TV Show airs Monday-Friday from 6-8am on Chicago’s local television station, WCIU Channel 26. Reporter Jon Hansen presents the weather but also interviews non-profit organizations on the air. Jon also visits various neighborhoods where he introduces the talent of children and other unknown groups to his viewers. To start the new year off... Read more »

Qiana Allen gives back with Lipstick for Lupus campaign

Qiana Allen gives back with Lipstick for Lupus campaign
Local business owner Qiana Allen made her debut appearance on The Jam TV Show, displaying her RedSorbet lipstick line. She also revealed that she has lupus and was diagnosed in 2001. Lupus affects millions of women during their childbearing years. Many are minorities and there are cases where children and men are affected, as well... Read more »
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The true meaning of Christmas does not mean getting into debt

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, I’m sure that He didn’t intend for us to get into a massive amount of debt, buying material things for ourselves or each other. Christmas has definitely changed since I was little. Of course we received toys and other gifts like any normal family, but I don’t... Read more »

Applications open now for Beyond the Diploma positions at Walgreens

Skills for Chicagoland’s Future Announces New Initiative to Place Unemployed Youth into Jobs with Career Pathways and Higher Education: Skills for Chicagoland’s Future has launched a new initiative – Beyond the Diploma – to connect unemployed and underemployed Chicago youth with jobs and provide them with higher education opportunities, support services and mentoring, and a... Read more »

Note to self: Make realistic goals for the years ahead

My mental note to self is to make realistic goals for the years ahead. I need to make realistic goals now because I’m a bit older, and don’t want to disappoint myself by making a date with my mind that my body can’t keep. It’s so easy to get discouraged when I think about the... Read more »
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Handwriting a letter to my son's teacher brings back memories

This morning, I wrote a letter to my son’s teacher for his absence from school yesterday. It felt weird considering the tech age we’re in but it brought back a lot of memories when I was a child. It was in the news recently about whether handwriting or cursive writing should be mandatory. Some were... Read more »

Lupus and other medications are causing my dry mouth

The thing I hate most about being on a slew of medications is that they give you dry mouth. My mouth is drier than the Sahara Desert, if that’s possible. The more I talk, the worse it gets; it seems like I have a bunch of cotton in my mouth. I also have lupus, an... Read more »

Is Malia Obama's smoking at age 19 and hugging a guy news?

Is Malia Obama's smoking at age 19 and hugging a guy news?
Is Malia Obama’s smoking at age 19 and hugging a guy news? I think not! It may be surprising because of the spotless way she conducted herself throughout her dad Barack Obama’s presidential term. What were you doing at age 19? Truth be told, being 19 was the best time of my life. I was... Read more »
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What to do when your pharmacist greets you by name

What do you do when your pharmacist greets you by name? In the beginning, when I started picking up my numerous prescriptions, I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed because a few of them were controlled substances. When I was diagnosed with lupus in 2004, I didn’t sign up for being on a slew of medications.... Read more »