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Born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, now I find myself living in the Mid-South, in Mississippi to be exact. Married and mother of two great kids. Loving life, books, recipes, travel, and friends. Fan of the color PINK, outspoken, God loving, and adventurous...that is who I am.

Is the small things in life that make me smile…

My day started out so good, a surprised face time call from my mom.  It made me smile big!  Then I look out the window and saw some bird eating seeds from one of my bird feeders. Look out the other window and I see my flowers blooming.  I see my son coming down the stairs, barely awake, with a smile on his face.  I am so blessed!

Then, I see some of the struggles people go through…some very serious and some so silly.  But, what seems silly to me may be something BIG for someone else.  Truth is…God warns us about things, we just don’t take the time to listen.  If you are pushing an issue hard, and it still not happening, that may be God’s way of telling you, you need to back off and do something different.

Things do not happen when we want to, they happen when the time is right.  Getting angry and negative is not going to make it better, contrary, it will make everyone you love, miserable, including yourself.  I’ve been learning to be a positive thinker, to find positivity in everything.  I am far from perfect, but I can say that since I started looking at life with a positive mindset, things have been great for me.

When I was angry at the things I did not like about my life, I was miserable and making everyone else just as miserable.  When I started paying attention to my surroundings and saw the real struggles some people go through, that is when I realized how stupid I was.  I stopped!  I decided to be positive, yes, I have good days and not-so-good days, and that is OK. The important part is that I am making positive changes that allow for a better quality of life.  It is the simple things in life that allow me to find serenity in a world of chaos.

Always,

Latin Mama in the South         378

 

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Carolina Life…

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We moved to SC about three weeks or so ago, so far, it’s been great!  The first week was a little rocky with one of my teens.  She thought her so-called friends were going to be there for her, and it was not like that.  At the end, everything worked out and she acquainted herself with some old friends and gained some new ones.

Out of the three weeks or so we have been here, we have had teenagers spending the night three weekends already.  It can get heck it, but I would not have it any other way.  I love cooking for them and giving them a safe environment where they can have fun and be comfortable.

This past weekend we decided to try one of the disc-golf courses in the area.  It was not a good experience, but we did it together and exchanged laughter in the process.  The course was not properly maintained, therefore we ended up with some scratches, lost a disc, and did not finish the course.

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Lucky was thrilled to be out in the woods, she looked so adorable, sniffing and trying to decide which way to go.  Sadly, she is just as stubborn as her owner, so, she has to stay on a leash.  We haven’t been able to teach her to respond when we call her name. Jason has tried, me-not so much!  So, when we go out, I take her with us as much as I can, she has to stay hook to her leash.  She still had fun and it was better than staying home all alone.

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JJ continues to play a little baseball, nothing fancy or competitive, just a little recreational baseball to get him back on te groove.  He plans on trying out for the high school baseball team, we will see what happens then.  He has grown so much, and is so strong…it never ceases to amaze me how much kids change when they hit teenager-hood.

I am pleased to say that so far things are going great!  We love it in SC, and we are thriving and savoring every bit of Carolina we get.  We never know what the future holds, but as for me, I am enjoying my now and I am making the best of it.

Always,

Latin Mama in the South
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Psoriasis Update…

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Hello!

Thrilled, happy, relax, and blessed! That is how I’ve been feeling lately.  We moved back to South Carolina, almost three weeks ago, and I immediately noticed a change in the environment.  My skin started feeling a lot better, almost zero itching, and the spots on my legs are slowly disappearing.

I know I am taking medication for the disease, but, when you have it you can tell what the medicine is doing for you. My doctor changed me to Embrel because Humira just stopped working on me.  It was a blessing in disguise.  All the months I used Humira my white cells were very high (not good) and as soon as I started the Embrel, my white cells count was normal, so it was a win-win situation.

So whether is the new medicine on its own or a combination of a change in the environment I am super happy that the psoriasis is under control.  South Carolina is a place I love, second to Puerto Rico, of course.  So, I think that the fact that I’m back to SC,  makes me feel at ease, comfortable and happy.  Psoriasis has been known to be a problem that aggravates itself with stress, so been in SC has my stress levels very, very low.

To all the people out there suffering from this horrible disease please find a way to channel your emotions.  I noticed that if I control the stress I control the flares.  Alcohol is another trigger, I used to drink white wine once a week or so, now, I still enjoy a drink or two…but very seldom, just on special occasions.  One thing I read is that eating healthy can also make a big difference in one’s life.  I have yet to change my eating habits, but it is on my list of things to do…soon.

My temporary disease – ONE MOUNTAIN AT A TIME:

Seek help! There are online forums and sites that give you good advice and points you in the right direction if interested in seeking treatment.  Here are a few links:

https://www.sharecare.com/health/psoriasis-skin/article/ease-psoriasis-symptoms-with-these-foods?cbr=GGLE1500534&gclid=CPKpgt_EktMCFYQjgQodRwkJgw

https://www.flaym.io/psoriasis-forum?gclid=CKPZrrbEktMCFdgGgQodFTkIJw

https://www.psoriasis-association.org.uk/forums/

https://psoriasisclub.org/

"Your skin is a really great indicator of what's going on inside your body." Inspiration- Psoriasis Quotes - Psoriasister.com:

Don’t be so hard on yourself!  Start enjoying life, one day at a time.

Always,

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