The Game Called Arthritis

Don't hate the player, hate the game. And do I hate the game that is arthritis. It's a never ending game, it seems. And like games, there are winners and losers. There are days I'm most certainly winning, and there are days I'm far from any finish line or trophy. But with any game, there are rules that must be strictly followed. And they are as follows:

1.) Expect the unexpected. 

2.) Seeing a doctor for one disease and coming out with two is completely permitted.

3.) No cheating of any sort is allowed- magic pills, drinks or anything of the sort will not work.

4.) Pushing your limits will not be tolerated. You will be punished.

5.) The game may change at any time without warning to you.

6.) The game will go on. Winning is not a right- it's a reward some recieve for a well fought battle.

7.) No quiting allowed.

You have the rules, now go out and play your best.


  1. I'm new to your blog. :-) I think you're fantastic for standing strong with this arthritis you deal with. The strongest and most inspiring people that I know are the ones who have a heavier burden. I enjoy when people like you open up and share publicly (i.e., through blogging) about daily struggles.
    I'm looking forward to reading your posts. Blessings!

    1. Hi Tarrissa!
      Aww thank you so much! :) I'm looking toward to writing them for you!

  2. Ugh, I'm experiencing #5 today. Something I've always ate without problems is wrecking my stomach today. Can't Arthur give me a warning? Like, "Hey, due, you're not allowed to eat this anymore." Nope. lol. My fibro and RA cause me a lot of nausea and I never know what food will trigger it!

    1. Aw, sorry to hear about it! It's really a downer when Arthur affects yet another part of normal life. But maybe it was just a one time thing? I hope. I heard sometimes that happens. :\

  3. I've played the RA game for about 25 years now, Elizabeth; your take on The Rules is striking. And spot on--you made me smile with Rule #5, in particular.

    I've been a lurker here for quite a while, but I want to say now that I always enjoy your posts. You're gifted with a fine sense of detail, and I love the wry humor you apply to dealing with a very difficult and painful disease. Thanks for your words. And keep writing!

    1. Hi Wren! I'm glad you liked my post. :)

      Thank you for your kind words. It's readers like you that make writing these posts truly worth it. I Think spicing up tales of pain with humour is the best way to show you're stronger than it.


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