It was RA awareness day last week but in my world, every day is RA awareness day.
Awareness does not mean dwelling.
Awareness means bringing to light the fact that millions of people suffer from this disease.
But most importantly, bringing to light that although we deal with daily symptoms, we still live our lives. We fight through discomfort with a smile on our face and make our healing a priority because we are worth it.
Because what’s the alternative? Dwelling in negativity and drowning in self-pity only perpetuates dis-ease…and I think we can all agree that doesn’t feel good. I tried that for the first couple weeks of my diagnosis and then I decided to change my narrative because I still have a life to live.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and I love to dance.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and I rock climb.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and I lift weights.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and I go on hikes.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and I weaned off prescription medications.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and I ran a 5k.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and I don’t let it stop me.
I have rheumatoid arthritis but it is not WHO I am.
MIND OVER MATTER.
Make one small step towards the YOU that is deep down inside. Each step will make you more confident and secure in who you are; because you are NOT your disease.