I am humbled by my end-of-year WordPress report. Apparently this little blog gets around. Way more than I do. It makes me feel a little guilty for leaving it on autopilot sometimes.
And it seems that for some reason many readers like this post a lot.
I myself like the photograph I attached to it.
I’m not sure why I do. Maybe because it’s proof I beat RA back, and my finger recovered. Maybe it’s because that’s what this blog, and part of my life, is about. Beating Rheumatoid Arthritis. Over and over again.
I say “part of my life” because I refuse to let RA encompass all of my life, my every waking moment. Sure it forces itself to center stage time and again, but I work to bring that curtain down ASAP. This particular show is not entitled to go on with impunity.
And I say “beating” because it’s an ongoing, never-ending conscious battle. I don’t mean to say that it rears its ugly head every single day, that it forces limitations on me every day. It did once, but I beat it back.
I am very lucky in that way. Very, very lucky, in many, many ways. And as long as my heart is beating, I will write about beating RA.
This doesn’t really qualify as a “new” resolution for this coming year. And I won’t bore you with any resolutions I might have made. I know there is only one that I will adhere to and that is: write, write, write.
Thank you dear Readers. I wish everyone the best of health for this and all the years to come.
Feliz Año Nuevo!
Thank you for your humor, candor, poignancy and perspective. I appreciate your blog more than you know and let’s hope maybe it wI’ll give me incentive to get back to mine. Happy New Year!
Thanks so much, Leigh. I’m glad to hear you will write more. Looking forward to reading. Let’s not let RA/RD keep us from doing what we truly want to do. Write on!
Wishing you a fabulous year of wrestling with words and dancing with stories. I look forward to reading about your continuing battle on beating RA. I’m cheering you on every day. All the best.
I wish you the same, J. I have so many irons in the fire, in different genres, but I hear that’s a good thing. Now I have a committed writer/reader to crack the whip, so maybe I will finally get something sent off! Hope your Old Lady takes a hike, a long one, like maybe forever! Be well.
Earlier this year, when I was first going through the testing process, I turned to the internet in search any information to help me better understand what RD was about. There are some sites that just exude doom and gloom and maximize the RD, and I didn’t want to be part of that. I wanted to find the recipe for the lemons I was handed, and make the tallest, coldest, sweetest glass of lemonade. Your site was one of the FIRST sites I was lucky enough to find, and I liked how you didn’t allow this disease to control your life 100% of the time. You shared difficult moments, but you didn’t dwell on them. You posts gave me the confidence I needed to know that I can find a new normal, and still live the life I want, most of the time. Thank YOU for sharing pieces of your life with us!!!
Thank you, Kim. Your comments warm my heart. I never wanted to give this blog a clinical slant. Being a nurse, it’s second nature to go into medicalese, and as you say, the gloom and doom. I didn’t want to let RA dictate what I write even. The way I think of it is: I have RA, but it doesn’t have me. And it’s true, lemonade can be so sweet if you add just enough sugar. Wishing you the best for this new year and always.
What a year. Thank you again for sharing with us and making us part of your life. A happy, healthy New Year!
Thank you, my friend. The best part of this blogging world is the wonderful people you get to meet and befriend. The best to you as well, Carla.