Efficiency. Ease. Comfort.
Life with a debilitating and chronic disease presents challenges that make those three words sound like they are spoken in a foreign language. Everyday tasks, that many take for granted, can prove to be painful and frustrating, not only draining your energy, but making your world smaller. Every day, a new challenge can present itself.
By the time the idea for this blog came to me, I had been living with rheumatoid arthritis for thirty-three years. (I can hardly believe that it’s now thirty-five years!) During that time, activities I once loved have slowly paraded off into the distance. I stopped doing the work I trained for because it required energy and physicality. Getting through a full work day was impeded by my decreasing mobility and the progression of this chronic disease.
My experience of surgeries, hospitals, labs and doctors’ offices adds up to quite the encyclopedia of patience. Necessity makes a good, if not reluctant, teacher.
Now, in A Rheumful of Tips, I am sharing with you – one day at a time – a lifetime’s worth of coping skills, tips and initiatives to make life more manageable and as a result, more enjoyable!
Since the earthquake, I’ve been stirred—not shaken—into adding to this blog with another 100 tips. I have Healthline.com and Kathrin Hardie to thank for their encouragement. Once again. never say never.