During the two years that I was studying for my masters degree, I would meet two of my closest friends every Sunday morning at a local coffee shop. We’d spend an hour chatting, venting, gossiping, and catching up on our lives (or lack thereof) over bagels and coffee, before the conversations would inevitably tangent off onto random topics. I miss those chats – and the insights into my friends I’d gain through them. So I thought I’d try to restart something along those lines on my blog. A chance to hear more from my readers… at first, I was trying to decide if I wanted something consistent: quotes/sayings, song lyrics, random current or pop culture events…. But I think it will be more fun, more free to mix it up. Just whatever I’m dwelling on at the moment. Hope you all have as much fun with it as I do.
It seems like the celebrity coverage of lupus has been abnormally high these days… first there was the discussion of Michael Jackson’s discoid lupus in the aftermath of his death… then there was all the “does Lady Gaga have lupus?!?!” debating… and now we are hearing from Snoop Dogg about his daughter Cori’s lupus diagnosis.
In the midst of the Lady Gaga business was the discontent about what information was being gleaned from her comments – “is it accurate?” “Is it what we want someone to be saying?” “Well, at least we can use the awareness, right?”
Well, it seems that Snoop Dogg has that whole awareness thing well within his sights. He’s been all over the airwaves raising awareness these days. People ran an article. Then he was interviewed on The View (see YouTube clip). His wife, Shante, has joined Lupus LA.
In the midst of the discussion of Cori’s symptoms and the battle to find the right medication regimen for her (sound familiar, anyone?) … we hear about how Chante thinks they never could have made it through the battle without each other (having receonciled just before the diagnosis) … but this quote hit me hardest:
“That’s what’s making her get better: that we have love in the house.” -Snoop Dogg, on “The View”
Now theories of the best cures abound… and I don’t want this post to turn into a discussion of alternative medicines. So let’s just focus on the love part, shall we?
I know that not everyone has a very understanding family. Still, understanding and supportive are different things. You can be supportive of someone’s needs without understanding why they need those things or what they are experiencing.
For me, a little love goes a long way. Love from my sister and my parents, yes, but also love from my friends (even if they aren’t in the house). I couldn’t manage without it. So here is my question, readers: whose love do YOU rely on?