Having highly active rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease – has affected my life in so many ways. I had to leave the career I trained for, I’m in pain literally all the time, and I had to quit some hobbies that I loved. But it has also taught me a lot, and a lot of the lessons can be applied to life in general.
1. You never know how long the good moments will last, so treasure them. This is true for good pain days, periods with decreased disease activity, or even just less-stressful times of life. Enjoy every minute of the good times and make the most of them.
2. Everything can teach you something. You can learn your limits, your strengths, your weaknesses, or a tangible lesson about life. Take what life has given you and learn from it.
3. Pushing yourself beyond your limits isn’t worth it. Maybe you can reach them, but pushing yourself beyond them isn’t good for you and you will pay the price.
4. Following the rules is a good idea – most of the time. Take your medications, eat what’s good for you, get lots of rest, do what the doctor’s tell you. But break out of the box and do what makes you happy, too.
5. Bad moments aren’t all that life is, even if it feels that way sometimes.
6. You are tougher than you think you are. Everything bad that has happened to you sucks. But you made it through and you are on the other side. So remember that just because you had bad things happen doesn’t mean that you can’t survive others.
7. If you really want to do something, you can make it happen. But that doesn’t mean that it will last or that it’s best for you. I really, really wanted to be a teacher. And I did it – I graduated in 4 years with a degree in education, a teaching license in the state of Tennessee, and a job teaching ninth grade English. But between school and actually teaching, I worked myself to the bone, potentially hurt my body more, and ended up having to quit anyway. So I got my dream – but it wasn’t the best life choice.
8. Some people are only there if things are good, and they’re gone the minute that things aren’t. Don’t get too attached to them and beware of them. They aren’t necessarily bad, but they’re definitely not great for you.
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