A little over a month ago Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy wrote about his diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, and the subsequent cycles of acceptance and denial.
The one thing that tied together all of these episodes was Out of Joint: A Private and Public Story of Arthritis, a personal story of living with rheumatoid arthritis by Mary Felstiner.
I have read this book many times, and each time it has affected me differently.
(The full post can be read here.)
On the day I published that post, I sent an email message to Ms. Felstiner. I wanted to thank her, and to let her know how much her book had helped me and continues to help me.
Last night I was happy to receive a response from Ms Felstiner. She told me that I was welcome to post her message on my blog. Her email follows.
Dear RA Guy,
I can’t believe I didn’t answer you immediately. Just this morning I was clearing up some old e-mails and students at the end of the quarter, and clearly yours got lost in the midst of theirs. I apologize!
Your posting about “Out of Joint” brought me close to tears.
The experience you had was so common, so like mine, and so unrecognized. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you opened my book, but much more important, that you are taking responsibility for reaching out to others, that you’re making your wonderful cartoons, and that you’re serving as a kind of clearing house for people to tell their stories.
I can’t imagine anything more important.
So I thank you, profoundly. I should say “you’re welcome” for your thanks, but really it goes the other way. (And you’re welcome to post this if you like).
Thank you for writing.
Thank you for reading.
All the best,
Ms. Felstiner, thank you for your kind words.
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!