Existing in today’s world with Arthritis or any other ailment can be tricky, but it becomes even more of an issue when you have to meet people for the first time. So many different concerns weigh on your mind, it can be nerve-racking. Not to mention the fact that should you happen to somehow injure yourself or otherwise create a problem, you have to suffer through the scrutiny of overly-concerned guests and hosts who are ostensibly strangers. It’s all part of living with a disability, though.
Over the past few weeks, I have had to opportunity to spend time with new acquaintances almost every weekend. Each time, there has been a significant amount of apprehension about spending the day with people who may not be as understanding about my condition as my close friends and family. Despite this and as much as I want to stay home and stick my head in the sand, I made a promise to myself that I would never again let my disease and it’s symptoms keep me from experiencing life unless I was physically unable to move.