It has been 20 years since I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The last two decades have been a long, surprising journey to say the least. The picture above was in 2008 on one of our many trips from California to Texas. We stopped to see the Grand Canyon, and I remember having some bad pain that day which made it really hard to walk around. You might wonder why most of these photos are a little grainy or blurry? I feel like that encompasses life with chronic pain. It can feel a little like you aren’t fully in a place mentally.
Most readers and friends are always curious, how is it living with chronic pain every day? Each day, I get asked this dozens of times on Instagram.
I know there are many of you suffering with pain as well, so I hope this can inspire, comfort, and help you get through it.
First, I would like mention not every day over the years has been painful. Some days have been great, others miserable, some very hard, and many a combination of both.