Elena Anciro has been living with lupus since 2001. She loves storytelling on the stage, the page, and on the web through her lupus blog, Face Forward.
Elena hopes that her blog can be a welcoming and supportive online meeting place, a virtual hug to lupus and non-lupus warriors alike, and a way of keeping herself accountable in her journey to live a life of balance, health, and epic adventure.
Face Forward was a WEGO health activist award nominee and was on Healthline’s list of best lupus blogs of 2014. She is grateful for the opportunity to contribute and connect with the NewLifeOutlook|Lupus community.
Elena is a proud prairie girl, born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Lupus is unique, meaning flares will have different markers for different people. Two lupus warriors share their tips for coping with a lupus flare-up.
When you have lupus, you may be able to take a vacation, but it must be carefully planned around your disease. Read Elena's tips for traveling with lupus!
During a lupus flare, you may need to find an activity to help get through your flare – like watching TV. Here is our top list of shows to binge-watch.
For people living with lupus, experiencing cognitive problems can be scary. It's important to learn about how lupus affects the brain.
You feel like a target for ignorant remarks and judgement from strangers, co-workers, and even friends. Here's how to cope with lupus stigma.
The ear is a fragile, complex system of parts that can be vulnerable to autoimmune diseases like lupus. Learn about lupus and hearing loss and how to cope.
There are four different kinds of rashes that can occur with lupus. Lupus warriors Elena Anciro and Barbara Leech discuss their experiences with lupus rash.
The use of herbs for lupus treatment is on the rise as people find themselves dissatisfied with modern healthcare. Learn the pros, cons, and risks here!
In the modern world, unnatural light surrounds us 24 hours a day. Learn about lupus and fluorescent lights and how to protect yourself.
Managing chronic pain goes beyond addressing physical symptoms. Elena shares her tips and experience with lupus pain management.