I still see so many people with RA saying that either their love ones, friends or others around them just don’t understand this disease. They are still getting those looks, complaints or in some cases words that are so discouraging. So we ask ourselves how do we make them understand. What do we have to do to make this journey easier for us all.
It’s really sad when those of us with rheumatoid arthritis have to deal with our disease and then have to defend ourselves for having it. It’s not fair to us and it can be additional stress which can cause us both physical and mental pain. Why do we have to be a position where we are finding ourselves explaining what we are going through. Explaining what we are feeling is real and are not some made up symptoms. Because we may not have physical signs does not mean we aren’t sick any less. You see a lot of us don’t have the physical deformities but so much of the time we are in pain and because of this we feel we are being judged and are forced to defend ourselves.
So the question again is, how do we make people understand. How do we let those around us know that what we have is a disease that can be detrimental to our health. So with that alone, it should let people know that this is serious and there is no room for pretending.
If we can get more understanding it would be a great Blessing. Please pick up a book, get on the internet read about our disease to see if it will make a difference. Sit down and talk to your love one, your friend, your co-worker or employee to get a better understanding of what this is all about because understanding this disease is one of the main keys to making our journey more tolerable and with understanding comes support.