“The pain never goes away. But things DO get better.”
In the years following my RA diagnosis — when I struggled just to come up for air between endless bouts of excruciating pain — I frequently heard the words above, from people who had been living with this for a long time.
And I didn’t get it, no matter how much I tried to wrap my head around these words. How could such a concept possibly be true? The pain *has* to go away. There’s just no other way…
This year I enter my fifteenth year of living with this disease, and I find myself more and more often saying these exact same words to people who are just starting their own RA journeys. No, the pain won’t go away. But yes, things do get better.
This change in perspective won’t happen on its own; we must first open our minds to the possibility of it being true, even if it seems the furthest thing from the truth at the moment.
We must turn our focus onto LIVING, each and every day. And before you know it, even while the pain is just as bad (and maybe even worse) than it’s always been, you’ll look around yourself one day, and declare: yes, things have indeed gotten better!
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!