Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Heartfelt Message to My Younger Friends

I’ve had this on my mind for days, decided it was about time to express myself via this blog. I have researched arthritis and RA for several years, but only actively read blogs and shared on Twitter, etc a few months. Truthfully, much of the information online scares me and I don’t understand too much of it. Also, I hate all the ads from pharmaceutical companies.

Yet as I started reading blogs, several things became very clear to me. The first thing I thought was, Bless their hearts. The second was a selfish, “You think you have it bad, wait until you hear my story.” Slowly I began to see all of your as friends and my motherly instincts kicked in and I wanted to comfort and protect you all. OK, let’s put my story aside now. I do have an understanding of what it’s it like to have the Juvenile type of any disease. (Remember I’m old, seen a lot of sadness)

I applaud all of you who have JRA and other ailments who also write about your experiences. There are common threads through almost every blog.

• You want to educate and encourage.
• You sometimes feel alone and lonely.
• You get frustrated with doctors, meds, etc.
• You can’t figure out “what is happening to my body”
• You use the internet and your blogs as a support group.

I’m not sure of the number of people who have RA nationwide, I’ve read between a million to 2 million. I’m also not sure how many blogs on the subject are online, but I know there are many. Keep it up! Don’t get too discouraged and remember that old MissDazey is wishing you the best life has to offer. YOU DESERVE IT.

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