Brandy Ostler

Brandy Ostler, Author at New Life Outlook

About Brandy

I'm a retired elementary school teacher, freelance writer, and an aspiring author who happens to be a lupus fighter – which has been quite a journey in my life!

I enjoy reading, writing, listening to music, and spending time with family, friends, and all of my four-legged fur babies!

Brandy's Work

The Connection Between Lupus and Anxiety

Lupus and Anxiety: A Difficult Combination

Our writers Brandy and Barbara share their experiences with anxiety and their tips for coping with it.
by Brandy Ostler and Barbara Leech on May 18, 2016
Lupus Spoon Theory

What Is the Lupus Spoon Theory?

Passed around in support groups online for over 10 years, what exactly is the lupus spoon theory and how can it be helpful to those who have lupus?
by Brandy Ostler on November 24, 2015
Learning About Lupus

The Importance of Learning About Lupus

Knowledge is power, and in learning about lupus and knowing how it affects you, you are more likely to get a handle on your symptoms and flare-ups.
by Brandy Ostler on November 10, 2015
Lupus psychosis

Understanding and Managing Lupus Psychosis

"What does psychosis have to do with lupus? Well, a lot more than you may realize," writes Brandy on her personal experience with lupus psychosis.
by Brandy Ostler on October 28, 2015
Lupus Friendly Activities

Finding Lupus Friendly Activities

"You have to be aware of your limitations and take the necessary precautions, but the activities you participate in do not have to diminish," writes Brandy.
by Brandy Ostler on September 16, 2015
Doctor Frustrations

How Lupus Patients Cope With Doctor Frustrations

When you have lupus, doctor frustrations are all too common. Brandy shares some of her experiences and some strategies for finding the right doctor for you.
by Brandy Ostler on August 25, 2015
Understanding the Different Types of Lupus

Understanding the Different Types of Lupus

Although SLE is the most common, there are actually several different types of lupus, some of which can occur in tandem.
by Brandy Ostler on July 14, 2015
What You Need to Know About Applying for Disability

What You Need to Know About Applying for Disability

Depending on how lupus affects you and your line of work, you may find yourself traveling the long and tedious road of applying for disability.
by Brandy Ostler on April 8, 2015
Lupus Stomach Pain

Lupus Tummy Troubles and How to Cope With Them

When lupus stomach pain arises, the underlying reason may be the furthest thing from your mind — at least that is true in my case. I just want relief!
by Brandy Ostler on March 11, 2015
Making the Most of Good Days With Lupus

Making the Most of Good Days With Lupus

"Although they may be few and far between, good days with lupus do happen!" Brandy looks at making the most of your lupus good days.
by Brandy Ostler on February 19, 2015