My arthritis. What a royal pain!
The other day I was challenged by a friend about the seriousness of my arthritis. She suggested that I was over dramatizing my condition, dwelling on the pain it causes me. It hasn’t yet disfigured my hands and I can understand her questioning simply due to that. Curiously though, when I was suffering recently from a lengthy ear issue I did not notice my arthritis very much.
OK, I do dwell on the pain in my hands: I wish it wasn’t there. I wish I had the health and versatility of my younger self, and I do not have that any longer. How frustrating that is! We live in a time of medical support abundance in this country, and yet there isn’t a lot we can do to alleviate the pain of arthritis.
Having said all that, my friend is right; I can dwell too much on my aches and pains, or not at all until it’s impossible to ignore. Either way, I’m not dealing with it very well. I remember seeing a friend attempt to open a water bottle, give up soon after initially trying, and hand it over to a young person standing beside her with the instructions to open it for her. I remember catching myself thinking: how handy! And yes! a few weeks later… .
Oh! I could go on, but you get the idea. The question I am wanting to know the answer to is this: how to age gracefully.
Maryanne Nicholls is a Toronto based, certified Psychotherapist offering a balanced approach to mental health. Please visit http://www.thejoyofliving.co for information on her services, or contact her directly to find out how she can help you reclaim the joy of living.