As individuals, we all face unknown aspects of our lives at one point or another. Now as a collective, we are all in a state of unknown together regarding the COVID-19, better known as the Coronavirus. Mass fear and hysteria of the dangers of this virus have people in a fight or flight survival mode. It’s in our human nature to run from a threat and to protect oneself and loved ones. Though interestingly enough, many people who live with a chronic illness have experienced this survival mode on an ongoing basis.
My tip for this month is to find a quiet place and take a moment to write down a list of everything you are grateful for. A friend of mine recently posted that you, “Can’t spell RA without Gratitude.”
Are you grateful that you got sick? This question may seem a bit odd to some. Why on earth would you feel grateful for something like a diagnosis, that turned your life upside down? Those feelings and thoughts are valid. Then there is the other side of the coin, where people have been able to see the blessing and silver lining. It’s normal to one day feel positive and another negative about getting sick. How would you answer this question right now at this point in your life? Let me know in the survey below!
Want to share your arthritis story and advocate for issues in the community to members of Congress?
Below are some tips on how to begin.
Have you been affected by Step-therapy?
Also known as “fail-first”- a troubling practice employed by a majority of insurers that forces patients to try therapies preferred by the insurance company before their doctor-prescribed medication will be approved, even when doctors are certain the initial therapies won’t be effective.
Which part of your body did you first start experiencing Juvenile Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms?
Why do people wait until new years to start setting health and fitness goals? If there is any time to reignite this, it’s when the weather is nice out!
Which medication did doctors prescribe you at the onset of your juvenile arthritis diagnosis?
Knowing your child’s educational rights is an important first step in managing their juvenile arthritis in the classroom.