As many of you know, when you have a chronic disease it’s a long road of highs and lows. There are times when Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis kept me glued to the bed as I was in too much pain to move. When I went off on my own to college, my knees decided that it was a good time to swell. I had to painfully hobble to classes that first semester, blinking back tears while wondering if I could actually make it. During these times music was there to keep me company, to comfort me, to energize me, to encourage me, to cheer me along and to keep me going. If music didn’t exist, my tough times would have been a lot tougher.
I encourage you to keep music close to you, especially during your low points with this disease. It helps distract you from the pain. Also, listening to your favourite musicians can be very comforting during your weak moments. If you have to go somewhere on your own, take your music with you in case you flare and need some encouragement to get through it.
It doesn’t matter what’s popular or what’s not popular. Listen to whatever music makes you happy.
I’ll leave you all with a song that I played over and over right after I had my ankle surgery. During that long and sleepless night in the cold hospital room, this song comforted me and gave me something to focus on apart from the pain. And I’m so thankful for that. It’s called “Angels” and it was originally sung by Robbie Williams, but I’m sharing the Jessica Simpson version ‘cause I love her powerful voice.
Do you have a favourite song that gets your through the pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis? Feel free to share it in the comments. 🙂
All the best,