I am sharing a personal post with you today. Chemistry Cachet is a fun place to come for easy recipes, gardening tips, tutorials, and things in our life…but I would also like it to be a place for inspiration. I love helping people in real life who are struggling or need advice, and I want to be able to do that with this blog too.
I have been working on this post for awhile. The reason I haven’t posted it sooner is fear. Fear about being defined by this, or possibly judged as I have been for many years. Fear is something God has been working on in my life recently, which is why I finally started blogging too 🙂 My Rheumatologist shared with me that May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so what better month to share this with you?
Today I am facing the fear and telling you the truth about me. For 18 years, I have had severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was just a child when I was diagnosed (10 years old), and I have struggled with it since then. To say it changed the course of my life would be an understatement. Growing up, I desperately wanted to be that girl who was all about athletics, dancing, feeling good all the time, partying, and the works. The problem was, I couldn’t be any of those things. I was different, and it took me years to realize that was okay. Many people are misinformed about RA, mainly because there is confusion as to what Arthritis really is. There are many forms of Arthritis, but RA affects much more than just your joints. I recently came across a wonderful, inspiring blog that has some great information on Arthritis. Kate from Kate the Almost Great has some good points about the struggles of arthritis. Check that out here. It offers great insight into the complications of living with RA.
I could go in to a lot of detail about what I went through physically and emotionally, and continue to go through to this day. However, I would rather share with you how it has blessed me in ways I never thought possible. These are just seven top reasons for me, but I can assure you there are countless other ways too.