Welcome to a special blog carnival with this theme: How Do You Keep the Disease from Taking Over?
How will I ever summarize all the inspiration and passion of the wonderful posts contributing to this carnival? It will make great coffee break reading for the rest of this week, so bookmark this page until you’ve read each one! So many great images, too – you’ll be smiling for a week.
Sonya at Sonya Huber wrote Breaking Up with the Fictional Self. “At the same time, this phantom body syndrome, the fantasy version of myself, can easily take over if I let it. It’s a video game of shame in which this body, the one I have, always ends up losing, judged as inadequate. I can’t help but imagine a paradise in which I would get everything done that I felt I needed to do.” Read how she wins the battle. I don’t want to spoil it.
Lorna at Life with RA is a Pain wrote Keeping the disease from taking over. Lorna says she’s learned “taking care of myself” and being careful “to conserve my energy for things that matter the most to me” are critical to dealing with chronic illness. She’s inspired by a friend who reminds her “it’s your time to dance.”
Dana of At the Water’s Edge wrote RA Won’t Get the Best of Me. Dana’s toolbox includes doing what you can while accepting help if needed, focusing on faith, and delighting in life’s simple joys. You’ll love counting those joys with her.
Cynthia of Treasures from Darkness wrote Ways I “Keep” my LIfe with a Chronic Disease. Her spine and joints may be a “train wreck,” but Cynthia’s gratitude and enthusiasm is contagious. I felt inspired to try practical things “to keep a grip on my life,” but trust God with the outcome.
Lily of RArainbow wrote How to keep (J)RA from taking over your life. As we work through feelings and learn to cope with pain, Lily says distraction is a useful tool. You don’t have to move to do things like sing or listen to music, but when you can, there is always dancing! She listed another one of my most favorite and simple solutions: going outside. I agree it might hurt wherever you are, but being outside adds its own happiness.
Annette of Here’s Your Gold Watch – Rheutired wrote RA Circus. You’d know she captured my attention when she started with an elephant! You’ll be delighted to by Annette’s circus themed list of ways to get beyond the houseguest you can’t get rid of (RA). How about “I love exercise that you can do lying down”?
Deb of Struggling with Rheumatoid Arthritis wrote How do you keep the disease from taking over? Deb says living with RA has helped her to focus on being mentally strong and being in tune with her body.
Marti of Marti’s Musings wrote RA: One Woman’s Battle: RA/RD How I Keep the Disease From Taking Over. Cooking, music, and playing with doggies are part of Marti’s strategy, but so is taking time to vent with other warriors. I hope you’ll give a special welcome to Marti since this is her second blog post! (I couldn’t resist reading the first too and now I hope to get some strawberry-rhubarb yogurt.)
Joy from A Chronic Doll wrote Beat the Pain. Six little ways not to “not to give up and fall in a pit.”
Rachel of Putting it ALL Out There wrote Making the Best of It. She says thinking small, saying no, a good team of doctors, faithful friends, and small goals all help her to be able to say that while “Having rheumatoid arthritis…sucks,” she knows she is “blessed.”
Tanya of Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis wrote Finding Peace While Making Faces. Keeping herself feeling peace while living with Rheumatoid disease, Tanya made faces out of the produce she juiced every day. She’s now turned all those photos into a new book! Read all about it.
Joan of Life with a Flare wrote I Am Still Me. Joan knows that her illness cannot take over because of hope and perspective. This is one determined teenager.
Megan of The Girl with the Purple Cane wrote Not Letting Pain Take Over. Megan, 20, teaches us in the midst of her unrelenting pain that we are the masters of our thoughts: “I can’t control my body, but I can control my mind.”
Arthritic Chick wrote Rheumatoid Arthritis and how to keep chronic illness from taking control. She lists 12 things that help her to keep RA from getting the advantage such as knowledge, hope, perspective, getting out even when it hurts, heading straight for the couch.
Eric of Bringing Me Back Home wrote Netflix, Heat Patches, Family, and Friends. Streaming movies for when Kim is forced to spend long periods resting, heat patches (they live in Wisconsin!), teens that like hanging out with mom, and friends who make the effort to say, “We care.” All these help Eric and Kim to hold tight to hope and know that Rheumatoid disease will never win.
(By the way the brief weeks when I had four teenagers at once was a moment of intense joy so I can imagine how grateful Kim is for the attention of those kids. I’m going right now to hug the ones I have left at home!)
Rebecca of A Life Reinvented wrote Taking Back My Life. She shares her journey of learning to fight to win, from forcefully hitting a wall to days of mourning while watching TV. Read about how she finally learned “to work with RA” to make adjustments that will ensure the disease will not take over.
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