If you are the loved one of a person living with RA, and it seems like that person isn’t necessary making the “wisest” decisions, please know that quite often those of us who live with this disease operate in survival mode…and while we “know” what is going on, getting out hearts, minds, and souls to comprehend as much is a challenge.
If you are the loved one of a person living with RA, and it seems like that person is becoming a “broken record”—day in any day out talking about how much they hurt, and how hard things are, please know that those of us who live with this disease don’t get one second of reprieve. Not only is the attack on one’s body endless, so too is the constant assault on one’s mind.
If you are the loved on of a person living with RA, and you are getting tired of hearing about one’s disease, please know that the fact that this person is still talking to others about what they are facing is a *good* thing, and—more often than not—is much better than this person talking to themselves alone, and maintaining a conversation in their head. Chronic pain plus depression plus internalized conversations rarely lead to a good place.
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!