Reflection

As I reflect back on the last year with my arthritis, I am reminded quite clearly how far I’ve come and what a battle it truly was. A year ago, I was battling a sore hip, a sore knee, and a sore attitude. It took great personal reflection to find out how my arthritis was affecting me, what I was going to put up with, and what distance I could go to recover from it. New Year’s resolutions were broken and my dog, Mizar, ended up in a pretty serious accident which resulted in the removal of his hip joint. This is something I took personally since I was going through hip issues myself at the time. My Dr. Rheumy of 9 years, who was my trusted advisor, part of the family, and friend, retired. At the time it felt like he left me and my disease. I was left with a new doctor, new infusion center, and new pain.

However, a few short months later, I prospered!! I’m happy to report my new Dr. Rheumy is understanding, caring, and truly a new friend. My new Infusion Center respects my opinions, is involved with the Walk, and asked me to participate in a photo shoot for their new brochure. However, above all of that, they actually care for my well-being and inform me how dangerous biologic drugs really are!!

I think the best part of my news is I’ve been able to control my new arthritis pain. After months of trial and error with increase in medication, x-rays, and doctor visits, the best thing that has been able to decrease my pain is EXERCISE AND MOVEMENT!! I walked into my first ZUMBA class in October 2010 and FELL IN LOVE! ZUMBA is my new ‘drug’ and is something I’m not willing to skip out on, if at all possible! THE PAIN JUST ISN’T WORTH IT!! I get mad when I don’t make a class and I talk about it consistently. The passion for dance has returned! The pain in my hip, knee, and attitude has depleted!

With such success of with exercise and movement with my type of arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, my challenge is to make a difference in our community by participating in the Denver Arthritis Walk as part of “Let’s Move Together”, the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide movement. The best part – I’m not moving alone. By joining the Arthritis Walk I became a part of nationwide movement of like-minded people who want to get a healthier lifestyle and change lives at the same time. The Let’s Move Together Movement encourages people to move to prevent or treat arthritis. HOW COOL IS THAT???

Please consider SPONSORING me or someone you LOVE with arthritis at our local Denver Arthritis Walk. Please support me by making a donation to help fund arthritis research, education, and community programs. I NEED YOUR EFFORT AND HELP IN ORDER TO ENSURE A LONG AND FULFILLING LIFE FOR MYSELF AND FELLOW SURVIVORS. And don’t stop there! Think about getting more involved by joining my team or starting one of your own. I’d love to have you ‘move’ with me.

I appreciate your support and on behalf of the people who live with arthritis pain, THANK YOU!

 

Click on this link to SPONSOR me ——> http://tinyurl.com/PeacheysPack

Advertisements