Hi RA Family
I have to share this, it's so important to me. I was diagnosed with RA in Dec 2009 and a few of the other autoimmune ugliness and was told by both my rheumatologist and my primary doctor the week following Christmas 2010 that I'd never be well enough or strong enough to return to my way of life, my true love for kayaking and hiking.... so I sold ALL of my gear and boat to a friend here in town. It really broke my heart and let everyone know really the state of how well I'm not! My siblings could no longer say I was just making it up to get attention. When I sold my kayak, they knew it was real.
Well, I want all and everyone to know I have been kayaking twice this week. The first time was Monday on a very small lake, maybe 45 minutes and I was in love all over again. And today we went to a bigger lake about 90 minutes in the gray and drizzling rain. This time I was tired enough when I got home I slept for a couple of hours and my legs are weak this evening. But I DID IT!!!!!! I kayaked and loved every single moment of it. I have to get out at a dock, lift myself up and out, or roll over into the water.... I'm reasonably good at using a dock, but someone has to hold the end of the boat as the friend took the rope off the nose so I can't tie up to get out - - I just can't stop smiling.
This has given me more hope for my future than anything in the 2 years I've had RA. I was terrified of just sitting by the tv for 20 or 30 years - and now with 'hope' - - I can try anything again!