BLOG WEEK REFLECTIONS
To begin my Blog Week reflections I want to thank Rick at RADiabetes for making it all possible. I was honored to be invited to participate. A lot of heartfelt and thoughtful sharing from people with rheumatoid arthritis(RA) and other autoimmune diseases that I am still reading and taking in.
I connected with every blogger on some level on the subject of living with RA. Although we are all unique individuals, I did find a few common threads.
This is no surprise, but reading so many others share that the diagnosis of RA was the beginning of a whole new world echoed my personal experience. Learning the art of living life with a “new norm” was a usual reality for many of us. This was the first common thread I noticed.
The next common thread was one of resilience. I was struck by how creative and resourceful my fellow bloggers are working around the limitations the disease puts on our day-to-day life. I have gained a number of new household hacks to help accomplish daily tasks.
I also discovered a validation of those times when rest is the only option. I now know my RA buddies speak my language, I’m not alone and can go ahead and take the needed rest without the guilt of not being productive.
The desire to keep moving forward was another blog week reflection I treasure. Something deep within pushes us to not just settle for a what we originally thought would be our destiny. I read over and over the idea of going ahead and giving a new task, job or challenge a try. The sentiment of living the fullest life possible surfaced often. That rounds out the common threads I noted.
Fashioning a satisfying lifestyle after a devastating diagnosis seems overwhelming for awhile. It often takes multiple medications trials and errors to find what best works for an individual, then it takes time for the medication to help get the inflammation under control. As I’ve shared before, l am convinced lifestyle changes played a big role in successfully managing my RA. It continues to this day. I created my FRESH acronym to help me pinpoint the five lifestyle areas I constantly monitor to augment the biologic medication I need to keep the inflammation in check.
“Light tomorrow with today” Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Again, thanks to Rick and the 35 bloggers for making this blogfest so fun! I learned a lot and certainly feel a part of the autoimmune community. We are all individuals but have plenty of commonalities to bring us together. Sharing our experiences and learning from one another is using Arthritis Wisdom!
Take good care! XXOO Cathy