Well, the big announcement is finally here. My new audio storytelling series, TalkingJoints, is finally here (almost)! Within the next few weeks, Creaky Joints, the website that is sponsoring the new show, will be providing this new program for download. It is going to be short, 5-minutes long snippets of me, talking about some of the crazy misadventures I have living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Could it possibly be? Researchers in Osaka have discovered a “misfiled” protein that coats the outside of certain molecules in the body. They claim that it is this protein that is being identified by the body as a foreign substance and why the body is subsequently attacking itself. If this proved true, a cure could be literally five years away!!
Pain and suffering, it’s our milieu. It’s also something that many of us who are chronically ill have to deal with on a regular basis, and while we all start out dealing with it differently, we all usually end up in the same place. We reach a sort of forced peace with pain and discomfort, and it becomes so much a part of our lives that we are hard pressed to think of what life would be without it.
Trust is a funny thing. How does the saying go? “Trust takes a lifetime to build and one second to ruin.” That’s not exactly true, though, is it? In fact, in some situations trust can be given as fast as it’s destroyed – one second. We trust so many people each day with decisions that range from inconsequential to life altering, and doctors especially seem to gain our trust within the span of just one visit, which sometimes lasts less than fifteen minutes.
So, it’s officially 2014, and the new year has begun. I haven’t written in a while, but that’s only because I’ve been so busy with my book and more. Now, I finally have time to author a blog post here at The Huffington Post, and as cliché as it sounds, I decided it would be one of those “year in review” articles that everyone seems to enjoy. As I perused the web, though, I realized that almost every topic has been covered so far, from the Top Moments from Rappers Performing at Bar Mitzvah Parties to the Top 10 Miley Moments of 2013.
So, here we are in 2014. Normally, I would write some piece on New Year’s Resolutions and what I plan to do in the coming twelve months. Somehow, these oft-forgotten assurances always seem to contain some derivative of a promise to lose weight and be healthier, a pledge to finish work that has been languishing on the back burner for eons, and a banal trio of pointless wishes for events that will never come to pass. It’s a yearly ritual, though, and, just like everyone else, I always participate. Well, it’s time to revolt, people! No more shall New Year’s Resolutions enslave us and heap shame and guilt on top of our weary heads for weeks until we either forget them completely or move on to the next pointless crisis.