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Food for Thought

 

With pain in our joints, determination in our minds and hope in our hearts we start
digging and turning over every rock or mortar we can find to see if there is some
sort of relief. We all know by now that, many claims have been made about the
influence of food habits and nutritional supplements on arthritis. Some of these
claims are supported by medical evidence and some are reasonable theories.
However, for most of these claims, we are just not sure. the research into food and
diet as a real treatment option has lagged in my opinion. Food does much more
than simply provide you with fuel. It may promote or worsen health, depending on
what you eat.
However, I would like to share my side of the story as I have been living with RA
for over 15 years plus. I definitely have relied on my medications prescribed by my
Rheumatologist, and feel safe and secured in my present moment. To support my
medications, I have arrived at one important personal conclusion that eating the
right foods definitely has helped me through my journey with RA!
Having a Food Plan is that YOU are in charge. It’s your choice to check out the
various options and it’s up to you to measure and monitor what’s happening with
your body. The successes are what help you “stick with it” when it’s tough. If you
know that certain foods hurt you, and you’ve been able to document that by
conducting your own personal case journal study then it will be that much easier to
say “no thank you” to certain foods.
Because some symptoms are commonly associated with many different things that
you’ve probably never stopped to consider that they might be caused by the foods
you’re eating. It is easy to write off nausea as food poisoning or a runny nose with
the cold. But sometimes these symptoms are a sign of food tolerances or an allergy
that you didn’t even know you had.
Correct diagnosis, counseling, and avoidance advice based on valid allergy test
results reduces the incidence of symptoms and need for medications, and improves
quality of life. To assess the presence of allergen-specific IgE antibodies, two
different methods are usually used: a skin prick test, or an allergy blood test.
I have undergone both the tests. The skin prick test specifically resulted in me
being allergic to certain foods and medicines. Immediately I was cautious and kept
them away and have experienced more pain free days. The bottom line is -there’s
no established arthritis diet plan. What works for one person may not work for
someone else. Trial and error will help you determine which foods you need to
remove from your diet. In general, arthritis warriors need to make genuine efforts
towards having lifestyle changes that can help to increase their chance of
maintaining a good quality of life. We are what we eat!

We Pledge to Raise Arthritis Awareness

RAPOSITIVEHUB@PLEDGE

We Pledge to Raise Arthritis Awareness

Let’s commit ourselves to take the pledge…to spread the arthritis awareness amongst people. On one hand it is an easy way to have awareness days but we have got to follow up with concrete commitments. What comes with getting involved in awareness campaigns is a responsibility to do your bit about what you are aware of. I often questioned myself, hosting specific awareness days is fine but then what happens after the day passes by! I believe positive and genuine lip service is surely a service to the community, in its very own magnitude if a sufficient number of people get involved it can shift the mindset of a generation! Even if you speak to 5 people in a month and spread just basic awareness it will make the world a better place, by saying this I mean those five people will have at the back of their mind what’s arthritis and it might ignite them to know more and they in turn would speak to another 5 people. You can also leverage your network and social media.

Let’s start the awareness chain and let it spread…it is a small drop in the ocean
from our end but yes, it’s a drop for sure!

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Let us strengthen our confidence by sharing experiences

We have just finished our Annual World Arthritis Day Meet.
What a memorable event it was..participants described that one of the most
important take home point was meeting others with the same disease and sharing
experiences with them.
The exchange of experiences and knowledge from doctors, fellow patients and
other healthcare professionals made them less worried when they heard them talk.
They knew that periods with increasing and fluctuating symptoms were normal
when having arthritis. Sharing experiences suggest that symptom validation in
group sharing environment gives a legitimacy of symptoms and fears as normal
patient education may endorse participants with increased empowerment and
control of their situation through separating the disease from the person and
consider the arthritis symptoms as challenges they can work on.
Try and connect with other patients and share and hear their challenges and you
share your side.
We need to encourage, lift and strengthen one another.
For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. For we are connected,
one and all.
Stay connected…

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It’s World Arthritis Day Today!

As someone who lives with arthritis every day, you can help elevate arthritis awareness on Oct.
12 — World Arthritis Day.
While arthritis is 24/7/365, this is a special day to remember the disease’s far-reaching impact.
The key message is a simple one: Don’t Delay, Connect Today
We @ RAPositivehub.com will be marking the month of October as the Arthritis Month of
Awareness.
So watch out for the upcoming articles.

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MY LAUGHTER PRESCRIPTION

I am just so glad to be back, after these past few months of silence! I believe wellness is slowly knocking at my door …and that is definitely so welcoming! Smiles are all around me these days… I started laughing regularly, which I find is important to do, but very hard at times when you […]

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RA Positive Arthritic Voice CAMPAIGN

The good things start with us. One voice, one good deed, and it can snow ball into something unbelievable.

I am launching the ‘RA Positive Arthritic Voice campaign. Please be a part of it & help other Arthritic Warriors like each one of us.

I send out an earnest appeal to all Arthritic Warriors, who have done well with treatment. In fact, in real life most of the Arthritic Warriors do well but some of them may not be as fortunate as you have been. Some of them have persistent pain despite the best of treatment rendered to them.

However, a few inspiring words from your side can make an enormous difference to them as well as to those who have been newly diagnosed with Arthritis.

I feel we need to all stand up and pitch in our bit and return it back to the community at large. All those having rheumatic diseases which are characterized by inflammation that affects the connecting or supporting structures of the body- most commonly the joints, but also sometimes the tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles, please share your story.

Please share your experience about the conquest over Arthritis here, and yes also those who are still learning the ropes and would like to give in their bit of their own journey.

Sharing is caring…lets show the world we care with our involvement.

I have hope that we will overcome our Arthritic journey with strength and grace that we arthritic warriors have that only we can explain, God bless us all!

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World Arthritis Day – 12th October

World Arthritis Day – 12th October

The RA Positive Hub Campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis in preventing further damage to those living with RMDs, and to encourage timely access to evidence-based treatments and other life style amendments and introductions. Bottom line is creating awareness amongst the community members.

Throughout the world millions of people are affected by arthritis, their, lives being changed by constant pain of inflamed joints.

World Arthritis Day which is celebrated on 12th October every year, is a day to remember and raise awareness of this condition, and how it affects the lives of those that undergo that live with it.

World Arthritis Day is a great time to get out and lend a helping hand to those living with this condition.

Take some time out, do some research and get a very clear understanding oh how people have their lives affected by it.

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Reminiscing my RA Journey.

…The positive and the negative influencers.

 

Off late I have been rerunning my journey with rheumatoid arthritis. It has bought up so many pent-up emotions I thought were long gone, and memories I have chosen to forget. Often it is not enough for us to understand our own anguish in the fight with rheumatoid arthritis, but for us to explain it to people is another uphill task.

But the one crucial thing I remember most was trying to educate people to understand, when I myself was so confused and lost.

A very common situation was when people asked how I am feeling. If I said I’m fine and they knew that I’m not, I used to say to myself, please don’t push me to really tell you how I feel. I fear that if I told you the truth I sound like a cry baby, hence I say that I am “fine” and seriously some know the truth but are quite relieved to hear this false statement so that they continue a normal conversation and make you feel they are with you in it!

Many RA symptoms like pain and fatigue aren’t visible. It’s no wonder we get comments like, ‘You don’t look sick.’ In addition, the disease is so unpredictable that it’s difficult for people to understand that we may be able to do something one day and not be able to accomplish the same task the next hour or day. People have no idea how sick someone is on the inside when they can only see the outside. RA as an illness that is all but invisible to the naked eye.

Usually Arthritic Warriors are told that their symptoms are all in their head and that they should just exercise or get occupied in some tasks. It is very easy for people to give advice, but I suggest just for a moment be empathetic and envision the Arthritic warrior’s real situation. It is difficult. If others don’t know about the problems with RA, they think you’re being an antisocial snob. If you try to explain anything about your type of RA problems, they think you’re a complainer. It’s a no-win. Hence it is easier and diplomatic for me to keep them at bay.

It was incredibly difficult being affected at a young age and fighting a pain that no one could see, the most difficult part is dealing with comments from people who really don’t take the time to understand what rheumatoid arthritis is, nor how it affects my husband, daughter and myself. I have come along way but I’m still learning to ignore the negative people if or any in my life.

To end as of now behind my joyful grin, since I was only human and that before I learnt to be positive, my hardest days involved perpetual negative thoughts that would replay over and over again in my mind. Over time, I skillfully turned those negative thoughts into positive intonations through repeated, daily practice. As a result, my efforts enabled me to find true happiness in the midst of a disease that has, at times, almost pushed me to my breaking point.

I remember my then 10-year-old daughter hugging me and saying that it will take away all my pain, I am reminded how I could never had made this journey without my husband and daughter. I have never been alone on this journey my family has been there with me the whole time supporting me. Its our famous trio behind closed doors that have been here fighting for this wonderful life I have today and with God’s grace, despite rheumatoid arthritis, that I live every day.

Learning to be content with your life despite your diagnosis is something that anyone can do. All you have to do is make the decision to be happy. As long as you keep choosing happiness and never give up hope, RA can never bring you down.

Thank you, my loving duo, for being there with me and wish and pray that all the other Arthritic Warriors find such support and love in their own personal arthritic journey.

God Bless us all on our journey back to health and happiness.