back, at age 19, I decided to start running to get in shape. I loved
it. I managed to run every day, which is a big deal for me. less than 6
months after I started, I was stopped by my first arthritis flare in my
ankle. I had no idea what it was at the time, but it scared me, and had
me on crutches or limping for 5 months.
After that, it came and went, but the swelling kept my foot from bending
correctly, so no more running for me. The arthritis got progressively
worse, sometimes keeping me bedridden for weeks. Then, between flares,
it was all I could do to get some of my strength back for another round
I even climbed several mountains in the meantime, when my joints permitted, but being able to jump or run, to propel myself through the air one leg at a time, wouldn't come to me. It had been frustrating to say the least.
I read up on everything I could, and was
particularly interested in the effect of dopamine in autoimmune
diseases. I had noticed if I was in the middle of a flare, but I heard a
good song, or something else that made me happy despite the pain, I'd
sometimes get an amazing, euphoric feeling, and that would set about
recovery for that round.
I don't know if anyone knows the full
story of what I've gone through over the last two years, but it's been
rough to say the least. Through it, I found new ways to look at things,
to figure out what's really important, figure out where I'm going, and
to feel halfway decent about myself for I believe the first time in my
January had me bedridden two separate times, but I didn't
let the depression from prolonged pain win that time. I've had only
minor flares since, the most recent on my hand lasting for LESS THAN A
I thought that was good news, but today, while out
walking London, I did something, just to see if I finally could, and I'm
sure I looked a lot like a drunken asshat.