“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” — C.G. Jung
What if your medicine becomes your poison? I read and commented on RA Warrior
a blog that I’m religiously following, who addresses this topic and receives numerous comments from patients living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The creator, Kelly (who has RA), has very informative posts that bring up valid points regarding RA: its developments, conferences, research, fundraisers, the whole ten yards.
She recently posted a 2 part post regarding patients decisions on whether or not to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis:
1. The Consequences of Not Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis?
2. When Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Even Worse than the Disease
Many patients, like myself, avoid getting treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. The trial medicines sometimes have worse side effects than the disease symptoms themselves.
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Although, the medicine usually helps with my joint pain and other symptoms of RA , my recent medicine is causing constant nausea (almost every morning and night I experience dry heaving), fevers, my eyesight is sensitive to light and muscle spasms.
I keep telling myself and my close friends and family, “I’ll go to the doctors and get it checked out.” But I don’t.
“He was right in saying that the only certain happiness in life is to live for others.”
— Leo Tolstoy in “Family Happiness”
It’s been four years since I rounded the sharp corners on Reggie Lewis Track in Boston, Ma.
Oh.. Those were the days Photo Credit: Kevin Black
During my Indoor Track and Field season as a senior Panther from Whitman-Hanson, my last race was the Class B Relay’s Sprint Medley until I came down with Iliotibial Band Syndrome. I wish I knew then that would have been my last race (at full potential).
After a series of cortisone shots in my IT Band and knees the doctor told me that my winter season was over and spring would be questionable. I felt my stomach in my throat. Emotions ran wild inside such as rage, guilt, failure, and sadness… but I didn’t let it show in front of my team, at least not yet.
I remember when the last bell rang, and while classmates dispersed to their cars to go home and my teammates trickled into the locker rooms to get ready for practice, I stood there in the middle of the hall in crutches having no idea where to go.
“Should I go home, I can’t practice anymore? Or should I go to practice?” For the first time I felt lost and that I had no place to go.
“A coming storm your shooting corns presage,
And aches will throb, your hollow tooth will rage.” — Jonathan Swift
Am I the next Karen Smith from Mean Girls? Do I have a “5th sense?” Can my boobs predict when it’s gunna rain or when “it’s already raining?”
Well… maybe not my boobs… but I’m pretty sure my joints can.
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We’ve all heard it as some point. Some of us have even said it ourselves.
Right before the dark clouds roll in and lighting crashes, and a bitter cold snap cuts through the air, someone (including myself) will say:” I think it’s gunna rain soon, my joints are aching.”
This has been a popular theory that body aches can predict when bad weather is approaching. This has been a popular debate amongst medical researchers if there is truth behind this belief. The arthritis community is known to be one of the biggest commonly linked to believing their symptoms flare up when their is bad weather.
So, my question, is it true?
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” —-Socrates
Did you know Arthritis can occur at any age? Did you know Arthritis isn’t just about aches and pains, but effects the immune system? Did you know there’s no real cure? Did you know you can find out the answers to these questions?
I recently commented on this YouTube video, “Arthritis: It’s Not What You Think” made by the Arthritis Society for their Blue Bird Gala fundraiser in Vancouver, back in October of 2009.
It’s a short 5 minute video, that followed 4 different people’s stories on how their arthritis has impacted their life and how they remain to stay positive:
Gary – 57, diagnosed at 42 — Psoriatic Arthritis
Kelsey – 31, diagnosed at 19– Rheumatoid Arthritis
Andrea- 19, diagnosed at 2 1/2 — Oligoarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Senya- 7, diagnosed at 2 1/2 — Systemic Onset Juvenile Arthritis
If you are looking for a quick video to help you further understand Arthritis and who it effects or how… WATCH THIS VIDEO!!! Click here –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5RvDF4SdNM&feature=related
“I am hoping that people will listen to me when I tell them that they can help themselves to cope with this by exercising and doing some things differently” — Joe Namath, Hall of Fame football player who dealt with osteoarthritis
Currently saw a post on a blog I follow, “The Natural Arthritis Relief Blog” about several successful professional athletes that dealt with arthritis. It’s very uplifting to see a list of athletes who remained successful in their sport despite dealing with these setbacks.I especially liked this quote by Namath because I had to make adjustments in the way I practice and workout because of arthritis, and it’s awesome to see that someone else at his caliber had to go through the same thing and got positive results.
See my comment on the post –> http://naturalarthritisreliefblog.com/2011/09/20/arthritis-success-stories-arthritis-doesn%E2%80%99t-have-to-ruin-your-life/#comment-83
“To determine your happiness…it’s how you feel at a moment in life when you are a part of something, and if you find that moment it lasts forever.” — Rhonda Lee Ellis
Some people are known to hide their feelings; I have a tendency to bury mine.
However, after a week of stalling to post this new entry because of my own selfish reasons from the fear of putting myself out there, I realized that this story deserves to be heard.
Rhonda Lee Ellis was many things; a sister, an aunt, a teammate, an athlete, and an artist.
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But at the tender age of 15, whether she may or may not have realized it then, she became something more… a savior. For 28 more years while her body molded into its own personal torture chamber, she managed to accomplish and execute more selfless acts than anyone I have encountered until her last fighting hours for her life on November 17th2001, passing away with a lengthy battle to degenerative Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
But what made her any different from anyone else who has fallen prey to this incurable disease? It was her perseverance to not let her condition strip her away of the many things she cared about; like athletics, her pride, and her virtuous outlook on life.
“All diseases run into one, old age.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
…Or does it?
I recently took part of a little experiment over the week. A lot of people are unfamiliar with what exactly Rheumatoid Arthritis is and how it affects one’s lifestyle, confusing it with Osteoarthritis. And what I have noticed, many have created this interesting stereotype that only ‘older people’ get arthritis. Well, I was 19 when I was diagnosed, and when people found out about it, the responses were hysterical. Here is a chart I found on Rheumatoid Arthritis.com that explains the differences between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. I like this quote by Emerson, but, from my experience and medical facts it doesn’t really apply to Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Also, according to National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease (NIAMS) anyone can get Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA Mostly occurring more in women than men over 40, but also affecting kids too, caused by Genetics, Environment, and Hormones.
(My diagnose was ruled to be genetics and brought out by an environment change after moving to a more rainy area in Massachusetts).
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