The month of May is recognized as Arthritis, Lupus, Osteoporosis and Lyme Awareness month and as a part of the Arthritis Community each of us has an opportunity to educate others and shine the light on the challenges and triumphs of what it’s really like living with rheumatic diseases and arthritis. We know that arthritis is so much more than a little pain in your knee that disappears with a couple of over the counter pills.
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"Well, you LOOK good"......It is so interesting to me....If a person is in a major accident- they have bandages, visible wounds, crutches- hell, even a finger splint or an ACE bandage. It's obvious, right? I remember when the little gal next door bumped her toe but because her folks are great at adding a dramatic flair to their lives, the gal had crutches, an ACE bandage and a frickin' boot on that foot. She hadn't seen the doctor but based on all of the medical shows her family had seen, they knew exactly what to do.
"You're Too Good".......So I was texting my bestie last night about my most recent doctor visit and there was a long pause in the texts and she says to me; "I know everything's going to be okay because you're too great to have anything happen to you".....Well, that made me think. Wouldn't it be outstanding if all of the bad people in the world- the ones who kill, hurt children and animals, abuse women/men, and commit heinous crimes could be the only ones blessed with incurable diseases?
"Hang In There"......There are lots of 3 word expressions in the English language, that make people smile, feel good or give comfort. For example, "I love you" readily comes to mind as the token 3 word phrase that most yearn to hear......Then there are words strung together that make us wince. Like "you need exercise" or for little children "time for bed" or "you need shots". Words can be powerful and evoke real honest to goodness emotions.....for me, the 3 words "hang in there" make me so angry I could spit.
I think a lot of folks associate the word "grief" with death/dying but I'm telling you right now- that's not the only time a person can grieve. When you're told the "news" that your tests have come back and you, yes YOU, have been blessed with some sort of fancy disease initially you feel peace because FINALLY you know why you have been feeling and experiencing the things you have been enduring. Then you get freaked.....what the hell does this mean? Then you get worried/emotional- it's a lot to grasp how this new curve ball is going to fit into your lifestyle.....Then you're PISSED.
I had a friend ask me recently, if I'm sick of folks asking me all the time "how ARE YOU?". I had to respond honestly and let her know that due to treatments and doctor appointments the only folks that really have the opportunity to ask me how I am are the children in my house. It's not that my friends don't care or forget about me- matter of fact, the opposite. I've got fantazmic pals who have gone above and beyond to let me know and show me how loved I am.....BUT on an average of a week, I probably get asked most "how are you feeling" by my kids.
Why Arthritis Introspective is here. As we begin a new year, I’d like to reflect on AI’s beginnings. Most of us have experienced feelings that we don’t belong, or that we’re not understood. I know I have.