It’s times like these – having to use voice software just to be able to write a sentence – that the power of technology is reluctantly called upon, to write my first blog post in over four weeks. It’s the stubbornness of not wanting to cave in to the pain, not to let it win, because I feel the need to carry on without aid. I have now accepted the help.
It is this unrelenting pain that can ruin the best-laid plans. For instance, this pain comes right after a nice holiday break at a cottage near Fountains Abbey. We get the holiday experience but suffer more for the price of having a near-enough pain-free break from reality. It must be great to go places, see things, do whatever you fancy, without the fear of the consequences on your body’s resources.
Everyday things become an uphill battle that sometimes you can’t win. You can’t even tie your own shoes, put the kettle on, or open an envelope. The compromise is big. I can’t game with my mates, turn the pages of magazines or put my vinyl on. I can’t play pool or table football. But still, we at Arthur’s Place carry on because we won’t let it define us, because we are stronger than it!
We seek help when we need it, as I am now, voice-typing this post. We continue, as that’s who we are. Stronger than most when faced with pain and prolonged suffering. We use this platform to reassure one another, inspire one another and share with one another.
I guess what I’m saying is that best-laid plans can change because arthritis is random and cruel, punishing us for having a holiday, making me pay, day after day. Arthritis simply doesn’t care about the inconvenience it causes us. But having Arthur’s Place and knowing I have a blog to work on takes away the pain a little, knowing I’m not the only one, and that, all the (wonderful!) other bloggers share my pain and know the frustration it causes. This post isn’t so much about me as it is about the wonderful and heartwarming things Arthur’s Place is doing, and to be a part of that makes me happy.
So here’s to Arthur’s Place ( and a very spontaneous post)
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(Any opinions expressed in Charlie’s blog are not necessarily shared by Arthur’s Place. Nothing that you read in Chalie’s blog constitutes medical advice.)