Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy’s sister, who arrives later this morning, is one of the persons who has provided him continuous support throughout his journey with rheumatoid arthritis. Even though we live thousands of miles apart, we are always only a phone call away…and I can’t even count the number of times she has picked up the telephone, only to hear me bawling away on the other end.
My sister got married about a month before I received my diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. I remember being in town for the event, confused as all heck because I had no clue what was going on with my body. The pain was high and my energy levels were low. I struggled to get out of bed before noon rolled around, and I silently kicked myself for the brain fog that seemed to be hanging over me all the time.
My sister is a psychologist…and she married a psychologist…and both of them teach psychology…so needless to say, there were many psychologists present during the festivities. Even though all of us were confused with what was going on with my body, some of her friends and colleagues knew a little more or a little less about my situation. I will never forget one individual who started talking about the challenges that chronic pain can bring into one’s life. I was dumbstruck – I had been living with pain for years, but I had never thought of labeling it as “chronic pain”.
My partner and I were part of the wedding party. As we walked down the aisle, I used my new black cane. Only two weeks later I would be using crutches, and two weeks after that I would receive my diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
Since then, my sister has always provided me with a listening ear and with calming words of support, as I deal with the ups and downs of living with rheumatoid arthritis. She and her husband have helped my partner and I tremendously during this past year as we were piecing things back together, and for that we will be forever grateful.
As they are in town, along with my parents, I will be moving into “holiday mode”…I will still be blogging, but not on a daily basis. I want to make the most out of being surrounded with my loving family. I couldn’t have asked for anything better this Christmas!
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!