Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Everyday Health Blog Post

Check out this week's post about My Addiction to Rheumatoid Arthritis.

I am not sure yet how I feel about writing a weekly post for Everyday Health. It is always therapeutic to write about my experiences with rheumatoid arthritis and honestly I love writing. I appreciate that this gives me one more outlet to share my way of thinking about rheumatoid arthritis. But, I also believe that I think about rheumatoid arthritis too much.

As I enter week two of my diet, I feel a need to back away from all things RA related and I am not sure how I feel about having to purposely focus on rheumatoid arthritis every week. I feel the need to see myself free of RA and see myself doing the things I want to do. I hesitate in saying this because I don't want any of my friends in the RA community to think that I don't appreciate their stories and support because it isn't that at all. I just feel like I become too consumed sometimes with reading about the lives of others and this can throw me off track of my own beliefs in healing. I realize that my approach to rheumatoid arthritis is quite different than the majority and for some is maybe even viewed as being irresponsible or in denial because I am not taking the medication route. But, it is the right track for me. So, even though I may not be reading as many RA blogs right now, please know that I am still sending healing thoughts to all of my RA blogger friends. I just need to take a temporary break from RA for now.

7 comments:

  1. Seriously, irresponsible...that's odd. I was under the impression that your body, your choice.

    I say do whatever works for you. I 9tend to find myself reading more positive blogs about RA because it makes me feel more positive...and I need all the help I can get :)

    Enjoy your break and then come back and tell us how your doing on your new diet.

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  2. I don't think about my arthritis on a daily basis - at least not in a conscious way - and that's the only way I can deal with it! So I know exactly what you mean.

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  3. Cathy,
    Don't worry about us, do what is best for you.

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  4. I really understand this. I launched my RA blog pretty recently, and have really wrestled with whether or not this means giving too much attention to the RA. I benefit from writing, reading, and learning about RA, but sometimes I feel that I need a break from it, and I think it's healthy to take such breaks. So enjoy! We'll still be here. :-)

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  5. Everyone has a different way to healing, and you must do what is right for you to get to where you want to be. What works for one person may not be the path another person needs to take. If it works for you, go for it and conquer RA (I'll let you know when I conquer it, too)!

    Stephanie at Rheumatoid Arthritis Support

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  6. I think the same about this as you. When I began my blog I knew I would need to be cautious about what I spent my time thinking and writing about. I didn't want to be known as the sick girl. I never kept a symptom diary on paper because I was afraid to focus on the negative. Not to say that I didn't keep it in my head!

    This reminds me of the Proverb, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he". Think good thoughts and continue to focus on seeing yourself healed.

    We all are glad to hear your progress. After all, we have the same goal - to be well and you instinctively know what is best for you. :)

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  7. Very thoughtfull post on positivethinking. It should be very much helpfull.

    Thanks,
    Karim - Positive thinking

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