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Purella, a Purple Painted Pony

Day 24 of #HAWMC: Health Mascot

Give yourself, your condition, or your health focus a mascot. Is it a real person? Fictional? Mythical being? Describe them. Bonus points if you provide a visual!”

Meet: Purella, the Purple Painted Pony.

Usually, she’s pooping butterflies and jacked up on jelly beans, but you’ve caught her on a break.

Anyone who’s been following me on a somewhat regular basis (and by somewhat, I mean, when you’ve got a spare 2.2 minutes in the chaos of your own reality)…knows I’m all over the “purple painted ponies sh….uh…cra…uh…pooping butterflies.”


Heck ya!  “Purella” is purple!!

…Lupus, represent!!

…Fibromyalgia, represent!

She symbolizes the “she” of me, representing 90% of all lupus patients being female.

She’s got bling on her back, to symbolize that no matter just how shitty you think you look, put some Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss on your lips and find that one small thing every day that can turn your frown upside down.

She has beautiful brown hair with not a streak of grey.

*shifty eyes*

She’s pooping butterflies because as much as I want to live in a fairy tale, most of us who are chronically afflicted face ghosts and demons not previously known to our bendable minds and esteems.  Butterflies are the sacrifice that our fears make.

She’s jacked up on jelly beans (diabetes, represent!) symbolizing the plethora of pills I pop just to able to…feel good?

Hell no.

I pop pills just so that I don’t feel anything at all.

“Purella”…the sanitized unicorn…

Because everyone should have their own unicorn.

True story.

Wherever they may have come from, and wherever they may have gone, unicorns live inside the true believer’s heart. Which means that as long as we can dream, there will be unicorns.”
– Bruce Coville

(Wanna get your own unicorn? Make one! At:

This post was written in participation of WEGO Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge, April 2012.


  1. Marie

    Hail Purella! And a song to match!
    I think everyone has their own unicorn, and this video has some beautiful (and some silly images) of unicorns; this also goes very well with your quote, if you listen all the way to the end. (I get choked up every time).
    My ROFL of this particular video was of the unicorn and dragon roasting marshmallows. Enjoy!

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