Thursday, August 15, 2013

Good Advice

Thanks to Katherine for sending me the link to this post from Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy. It was written back in 2011 but certainly continues to be relevant for those of us dealing with chronic disease. Here's the first few paragraphs, but head over to his site to read the post in it's entirety. It's excellent.

10 Things I’ve Learned From Living With Chronic Illness

1. Getting all of the rest that I need does not make me lazy. Even when I’m not moving, my body is expending a huge amount of energy on powering its overactive immune system, and on defending itself from the subsequent pain and inflammation. So while many times it might look like I’m not doing much, I’m still probably doing more than most others.

2. No matter how much it hurts, I still have to find a way to move. (Of course, I’m not advocating for movement that results in injury/harm.) During one of my first major bouts, I thought that the best thing to do was to move as little as possible. This really didn’t lower the pain, but it did eventually result in atrophied muscles, months of daily physical therapy, and having to learn how to walk again.

- Continue reading here.

1 comment:

ShEiLa said...

I really can relate to every word of this.

Thanks for sharing!