17 Valuable Lessons Arthritis Has Taught Us

17 Valuable Lessons Arthritis Has Taught Us

When you deal with the physical and emotional pain of arthritis, it can be difficult to look on the bright side of a negative situation. However, as with any journey, there are always lessons to be learned if you look hard enough. We asked the #CureArthritis community, “What is one valuable lesson you have learned since being diagnosed with arthritis?” From the invaluable support of a good group of friends, to the importance of advocating for yourself, our supporters gave some thought-provoking answers to a difficult question.

– 17 Lessons Arthritis Has Taught Us –

1. “I’ve learned movement makes a huge difference, in addition to good nutrition. Knowing your health benefits is extremely helpful, as well as empowering yourself through education and awareness. Listen to your mind, body and spirit.” – Teresa Stallone (@tstallone on Instagram)

2. “As a kid with arthritis, its important to be your own advocate in school. Many of my teachers didn’t believe me when I said I had to leave early for a rheum appointment or needed extra time (even though I had a 504 plan). You have to be vocal and speak up. Teach others about an invisible disease. People will be ignorant so you have to teach them that people, no matter their age, do get arthritis” – Lex (@lexlynn123 on Instagram)

3. “Arthritis and suffering are not competitions. There is no winner or greater sufferer.” – Stephen (@sfdegraff on Twitter)

4. “I’ve learned how valuable it is to have a close support system that listens to you and values your emotions.” – Randi Blackmon (@rawarrior_randi on Instagram)

5. “I spent 10 years feeling grateful I can cook my family a meal…Because there was a time I couldn’t… I’m thankful I can write my name or tie my shoes…For a time, I couldn’t…I have plowed down so many of the boundaries that had separated what I knew I could do and what I believed I couldn’t.” – Sandy Jagmin (Facebook)

6. “Advocate and do not allow those who are unwilling to understand what you’re going through to speak louder than your own heart.” – Gina-Renée Clark (Facebook)

7. “Not to stress the little things. It’s not worth the pain. Remove the toxic people and things from your life. If it doesn’t benefit you, or if it causes undue stress, say goodbye. We need to take care of ourselves first and foremost.” – Samantha Falk (@sam_falk on Instagram)

8. “You need to be your own advocate. I have a good support team but I still have to push at times to make sure I am happy with the treatment and/or recommendations.” – Kristina Kostuk (@kristina.kostuk on Instagram)

9. “Life is too precious to get caught up in the negative” – Tami Albanese (Facebook)

10. “I’ve learned to listen to my body. Why I feel tired, rest. When I’m in pain, meditate for 5 mins. Whatever your body ‘tells you’, listen and just relax, breathe then decide how to proceed!” – Sibrena Geraldino (@sibrenageraldino on Instagram)

11. “What I have taken away from my son’s diagnosis with SJIA is how limitless this disease is. It affects the very young and the elderly, to the skin on their toes, to the hair on their heads, to everything in-between; hour by hour, every day, any where. It does not discriminate, it takes no holidays; you are always fighting.” – Rebecca D. (@before.beck on Instagram)

12. “My life still has value even when my disability keeps me from contributing to the world or living a normal life” – Mickey Menzel (@mickeymenzel on Instagram)

13. “When something doesn’t seem right, it’s perfectly acceptable and necessary to get a second, third, or 20th opinion” – Nicky (@Nickyandspice on Instagram)

14. “Empathy. Not only for others, but also for yourself. It’s taught me that no matter how much you think you understand someone, you don’t truly know what they’re going through under the surface.” – Stefanie Ulrich (Facebook)

15. “I’m allowed to ask for help and still be independent” – Rosalie Dowling (@rosalieilasor on Instagram)

16.  The constant fatigue, pain and foggy brain are isolating and they keep you hidden inside your own world. I have found the loneliness, the anger at not being able to fulfill your dreams, and not being able to find a partner who can overlook the ravages the disease has had on my body. These are the worst aspects of this disease.” – Shauna Waters (Facebook)

17. “To accept, respect, and celebrate myself.” – Michelle Marie (Facebook)

The Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to everyone in the #CureArthritis community who shared their personal life lessons with us. You are why we continue to fund research to cure arthritis!

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You can see all the responses to the question, What is one valuable lesson you have learned since being diagnosed with arthritis? by visiting the lessons posts on Instagram and/or Facebook.

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Arthritis National Research Foundation

The Arthritis National Research Foundation's mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. There are several ways to support research through the ANRF. Find out more and donate today.

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