This pain reminds me that I do have a purpose.
I think it has to do with bringing people hope.
If thoughts were letters and I had every sick, hurting, desperate, worried, hungry, sad, defeated person’s address it would say:
“You are going to get better. One day the pain will disappear and you’ll get rest. You won’t feel the hurt and frustration you feel now. You won’t be confused and desperate for answers to why this happened in the first place! The sun will rise and these dark clouds will go away—but that’s not without effort. You do your best, you do what you can and leave the rest up to God. If not for your health (because laughter truly is the best medicine), but for your sanity. You have to believe it will get better and it will, I promise! I’m not saying this because I’ve been there and I’m now on the other side. I’m telling you this because I haven’t yet and I’m still waiting. I will never stop hoping and believing that my miracle is going to pick me up and I’m going to fly away into all the dreams I’ve ever had. I will never, ever give up. You see? You’ll get there too. Even if it has to be in Heaven. One day the pain will disappear and you’ll get peace. Don’t worry, it will get better.”
|Arthritis Walk 2013
So on Saturday I went to my very first Arthritis Walk!
I have been dying to go for years, but never could because I was either in the hospital or way too sick. 😦 Thanks to my dear friend Julie, my dad, and my brother Josh this year I was finally able to go and it was AWESOME!!
At first I was kind of hesitant because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do the actual walking, but my Support System was there pushing me in my wheelchair for 1.6 miles! I’m so grateful, I’m sure they were getting a hefty workout…lol.
We even got to raise money for Arthritis while we were walking using this app called ‘Zimmer.’ The three of us with iPhones downloaded the app and were able to raise $1 for each mile we walked/rode.
It was amazing seeing so many people supporting Arthritis Awareness and I had a fantastic time connecting with people in my community who either have arthritis or know someone who does. I even got to meet some Storm Troopers walking for a cure, cool huh?! 🙂
I can’t wait till next year when I plan on going again with more of my friends and family! It’s super fun and I highly recommend looking into walking and raising money for a great cause… (you can click on this link to find a walk in your area —> Walk to Cure Arthritis ) or just come with me! 😀
I started this blog for a reason. I wanted a purpose. A way to turn my negative situation into a positive. A way to share what I’ve learned with others. A place where I could talk to other people about what it’s like living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
I’m here because I want to talk not just about how it affects me physically, but emotionally as well. I’m here to talk about how RA affects me as a wife, as a someday mother, as a sister, as a daughter. And how having all this physical pain changes my perspective. …That’s the thing with people like me… I feel our illnesses don’t just affect our bodies, but our souls as well.
Here’s to changing our perspectives!
If you agree.. let me know. 😉