Mom Teaches Compassion While Living With Lupus

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When you live with a chronic autoimmune disease like Lupus, life can be challenging.  Buttons on your kid's shirts can be a battle, shoe laces can tie your fingers up in knots and the exhaustion can sometimes threaten to knock you down.

PetitElefantFamily But when you are a mom like Allison Czarnecki, you choose to battle uphill while teaching your kids to have a compassionate heart. Allison doesn't hesitate when telling you how she feels about the disease, "I hate it," she says emphatically.  "Day to day is no fun; I almost always feel like I have a low-grade flu: whole body aches, painful joints, migraines, extreme exhaustion." But she doesn't let it stop her, and even more amazing - she, in part, credits Lupus for helping her to create such strong, independent children.

Allison has a 9 year old daughter and 4 year old son. She is married to the love of her life - and together, they are teaching their children to master small acts of kindness on a daily basis.  She explains, " I make my children share, even though they hate it. Throughout the year, I keep my eyes open for ways they can serve others, even if it is something small like returning a grocery cart for a mother with full hands or opening a door for someone".

Recognizing that being a mom allowed her to 'be involved in the life of another being right from the very beginning', Allison pays close attention to her children - enjoying the beauty of watching them grown while acknowledging that it isn't easy.

She is active in the P.T.A and her church and swears she would take her kids to build houses every Saturday if Habitat for Humanity would let her!

The founder and editor of Petit-Elefant, a site, 'meant to help the modern parent navigate parenting', Allison is also a co-hostess of an amazing party set as a 'welcome' to BlogHer: the Social Luxe Lounge. The party will celebrate and pamper! Stop by to visit if you will be there.

danielle s 031awfixRESUMEPIC About the Author: Danielle Smith is a mommy to two smart and sassy small people, as well as the founder and primary author of You can catch her hosting a brand new live show, The Spin Cycle, on every Wednesday at 9pmEST. She also hosts a show on Blog Talk Radio and contributes to WhyMomsMatter. Danielle is thrilled to be contributing to MomItForward as ‘giving back’ has always been an important part of who she is and what she hopes to teach her children.

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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