I feel like the words, Rheumatoid Arthritis and resiliency go hand in hand. Let's face it, no one with the diagnosis, chose to sign up for it. It is something that happened in our lives. Our RA effects every aspect of our lives including the physical, mental, social, and our work aspects.
RA has personally effected my ability at times to perform everyday tasks, effected my ability to have children, ended my career as an Occupational Therapist early, negatively effected my relationships, and has financially lead me to a period of homelessness in my life. Unfortunately, this theme is all too familiar with those with chronic illness like RA.
The ability to bounce back after life changing events happen (resiliency), is a skill. A skill that many of us living with RA, strengthen as the years go on.
Personally, I have learned the art of being grateful, building a solid support system, focusing on my mental health, dancing, writing, and advocating is the key. This combination has really helped me to maintain my resiliency. My life mantra has become..Just Keep Swimming...no matter what! We can not change our circumstances, but we sure can control how we react to them.
I am interested in hearing some ways you are resilient.
~What are some things you do to get back up again, when life and RA knocks you down?
~Do you have any advice on being resilient?