001: Self-Care and Symptom Management with Mercedes Yvette
Join Lauren as she chats with Mercedes Yvette, known internationally for her star turn on Americas Next Top Model. Mercedes continues to model, and is also an actress, jewelry designer, activist, and busy working momma living with Lupus.
She has been a Lupus advocate for many years, and in this episode recounts her diagnosis treatment, and ongoing self-care and symptom management behaviors.
In this episode, Mercedes reveals:
-How she was diagnosed with Lupus, and how a regular yoga practice and Ayurvedic therapies have been integral to her healing journey.
-Why she stopped treating herself with Chinese herbs.
-How she became a contestant on ANTM only 3 months into her diagnosis, and how producers discovered she was sick and focused on her illness as a storyline.
-How she had to hit rock bottom to shift her perspective from negative to positivity.
-Why anyone with potential Lupus diagnosis should see a rheumatologist.
-Why remote work and self-employment are great options for people with chronic illness, and can even be creatively fulfilling while creating income
-How she had a perfectly normal pregnancy despite her Lupus.
-How community and purpose can give your life meaning.
-How she has learned to look out for herself by speaking up when she’s in need.
-Her favorite indulgence: Netflix + wine!