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faithhopepain:

I found this really awesome poem from the Arthritis Kids SA Support Group. It helped me and I hope it will help you.

Do and Don’ts for Arthritis:

Don’t assume that because I look well I feel well. Looks can be deceiving. Many days I look great but feel terrible.

Don’t tell me you know how I feel because you DON’T. Two people with the same disease can feel totally different.

Don’t tell me ‘’it could be worse’’. Yes, it could be but I don’t need to be reminded all the time.

Don’t be upset that you can’t ease my pain. It won’t do any good two of us being miserable.

Don’t ask me how I feel unless you really want to know. You may hear a lot more, than you are prepared to listen to.

Don’t assume because I did a certain activity yesterday that and I can do it again today. Arthritis is ever changing. Each day is different.

Don’t decide what I am capable of doing. Arthritis does not affect the brain. Allow me to decide what activity I can participate in. There may be times that I make the wrong decisions, and if I do, I will know it soon enough.

Do learn everything you can about the disease. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to know what to expect.

Do realize I am angry and frustrated with the disease, not with you.

Do let me know you are able to help me when I ask. I’ll be grateful.

Do offer me lots of hugs and encouragement.

Do understand why I cancel plans at the last minute. I never know from one day to the next how I will feel. Arthritis is like that.

Do continue to invite me to all the activities. Just because I am not able to bike ride with everyone doesn’t mean I can’t meet you for a picnic at the end of the trail. Please let me decide.

Arthritis Kids SA

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    this is so brilliantly apt i can’t even put all of it’s aptness into words
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    This is relevant to so many chronic illnesses…
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    This also goes for adults with RA.