What if there were a cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis or you had a genuine remission from living with RA?
Like many, this post is inspired by a conversation with another person living with RA – actually, several conversations. We aren’t dwelling on the negative, just dreaming about what we we’d love to do. I thought sharing it here might provide a hint of realism to those who do not comprehend what we lose while living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Some of these are things I would like to do again because I thought they were so wonderful, I did not give them up voluntarily. Others, I’ve never done before –bet you can guess which ones.
10 things I long to do
- Get a dog. I could not imagine my life without a dog, but here it is.
- Build beautiful gardens. I moved right before RA, leaving mine behind.
- Finish my last quilt.
- Ride a bicycle.
- Go to medical school & become a doctor so healthcare professionals would listen to me tell the truth about living with RA.
- Walk in an “arthritis walk,” pointing out how to the press that countless people cannot participate for themselves.
- Paint intricate decorations onto hundreds of delicate buttery cookies. Give some of them away as gifts – Hey, they taste too good not to keep some.
- Run for an hour on the beach barefoot at sunrise.
- Have another baby.
I could not finish my list. It was too hard to choose one thing and leave everything else off the list.
I’m sure your list is unique. What did I leave out?
- Fun description of the “adapt & repeat” of living with RA: The Shifting Sand of Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Still doing some hard things by adapting: 6 Ways to Get Hard Projects Done With Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Why we can’t trust blood tests to diagnose RA yet: Blood Tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis, part 2