Hi everyone! Today I want to share two really great articles which you may find useful when explaining what it’s like to live with chronic illnesses such as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (or other forms of autoimmune arthritis) with your friends or loved ones.
“I wanted her to understand, that everything everyone else does comes so easy, but for me it is one hundred little jobs in one. I need to think about the weather, my temperature that day, and the whole day’s plans before I can attack any one given thing. When other people can simply do things, I have to attack it and make a plan like I am strategizing a war. It is in that lifestyle, the difference between being sick and healthy. It is the beautiful ability to not think and just do. I miss that freedom. I miss never having to count “spoons”.”
Read the rest of the article here: http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/wpress/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/
The other great read was written by Mary and is titled “The Gorilla In Your House.” This piece takes a more humorous but equally realistic look at life with chronic illness or disability:
“The third way to deal with the gorilla in your house is to accept it, tame it, and make it part of your life. Figure out a way to calm your gorilla down. Teach it how to sit still until you are able to take it places with you without it making a scene. Find out how to equip your home with gorilla-friendly furnishings and appliances. Negotiate with your boss about ways to accommodate, or even make use of, your gorilla. Meet other people who live with gorillas and enjoy having something in common, and share gorilla-taming tips.”
Read the rest of the post here: http://batsgirl.blogspot.com/2008/04/gorilla-in-your-house.html
Hoping that you’re all keeping well and that your gorillas are not behaving too badly! 😉
All the best,