It’s Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Day February 2nd so thought I’d just add a bit about how it is currently affecting me ….
I have had a hard week and some serious decisions to be made regarding my long term health. I have been having pain in my hands and feet again and the seriousness of the Rheumatoid Arthritis hit me again. I had been pain free for a few months and to be honest, completely pushed the decisions regarding medication to the back of mind and focused on the competition. I knew diet and exercise alone can’t cure it but allowed myself to believe it anyway. As long as the pain doesn’t get any worse I can put off starting medication until after the competition as there are too many variables with the meds and the side effects and I’ve worked too hard for too long to risk having it messed up by sickness, weight gain etc!
I am starting to accept this is something that won’t go away and I need to deal with it but don’t feel ready to accept completely yet.
For those of you that don’t know what Rhuematoid Arthritis is it’s a progressive chronic autoimmune disease that affects the joints, tissues and organs in the body. There is no cure unfortunately but aggresive treatment is needed early on toslow down the progressin and control the symptoms. I’m determined to fight it and not it let it get me down but inevitably as I come to terms with it there will be bad days but I’m lucky that I have a great Rheumatologist and I’ve caught it early so I can prevent too much damage.
Well that was a bit depressing but I am feeling good about the competition and it’s just made me more determined to be the best I can be and show this stupid disease it can’t beat me!