Ever feel like Rheumatoid Disease is eating away at your life? Stealing abilities – even responsibilities – you enjoyed?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck?
Roo’s been asking this tongue twister / riddle lately: ”How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” He enjoys saying it faster and faster. Boy was he surprised yesterday when I responded with the favorite tongue twister from my childhood: “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers…” We laughed and he started to practice to be as fast as me. Good luck, Roo – Peter Piper is imprinted in my tongue, the way so many others activities were on my hands – even things I have a hard time doing now…
What is “chuck”?
According to one study quoted in Wikipedia, chuck suggests eating through: “chuck to be the opposite of upchucking, determined that a woodchuck could ingest 361.9237001 cubic centimetres (22.08593926 cu in) of wood per day.” Mmmm.
So how much of our abilities can Rheumatoid Disease (RD) chuck (eat through)?
1) It depends on our disease: Rheumatoid Disease can range from mild to severely active. How can we measure how active RD is or its impact on abilities? Measuring disease activity has been a thorny problem discussed in 25 posts on RAW. How active is your RD? Is it 24-7 or just “flares”? Does it affect every joint or just a few?
2) It depends on treatment response of a particular person with rheumatoid disease (PRD). The 20% improvement (that about 29% of PRD receive) means something different to a person with 5 joints affected than to a PRD with 25 joints affected! And even more so for those who have a 50% or 70% improvement who may have a “got my life back” experience! How well do disease-modifying drugs or Biologics suppress your RD? Did you get your life back with them?
3) It depends on us. To some extent it depends on our effort. I won’t foolishly say, “You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to.” Because you can’t fly. I’m sorry it’s just the truth. But with EFFORT, PERSPECTIVE, and CREATIVITY, you can probably do more than you thought. Instead of saying “I can’t,” I’ve learned to describe myself as “a struggler” insisting there MUST be a way, pushing my limits (probably farther than I should sometimes). How hard do you struggle to do the things important to you? No one may know but you how much effort it is.
Funny thing: I didn’t remember until after I started writing this post, but woodchuck is another name for the groundhog, the adorable mascot for Rheumatoid Awareness Day – February 2, Groundhog Day – click to read about why that’s meaningful.
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