Hey everyone! I’m off to a great healthy start today and feeling really good about life. I’ll tell you about that later but for now I want to share a guest post from… MY MOM! Many of you long-term readers have seen and interacted with my mom in the comments of this blog. She’s a former athlete, wonderful mother to 5, and kick-ass breast cancer survivor. She’s now dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis and wanted to share some of her experience and thoughts here. Take it away Mom!
When I was young I was confident that I would always be active and strong, I would be forever young. I worked hard and played hard, I never had any idea that all the things I did when I was young, with no regard to health would take its toll when I was old.
I, like many others, just enjoyed the moment without regard for the future and the many problems I would have later because I neglected simple rules in the younger years.
Over use is a major problem with athletes, and I considered myself an athlete. I was in gymnastics, I ran track, I was a cheerleader. I played so hard when I was not doing that – I climbed trees and I walked miles to a great fishing hole. I did not rest, I just played and worked constantly. Most of you would think that was a great life for a child, but you would not be correct, because the toll it took on my knees and legs as I am older now, is a tremendous hardship.
The cartridge in my knees is completely gone; my bones are set one on top of the other with nothing between them, from overuse.
I remember in gymnastics I would be so good on the uneven parallel bars, but boy does it hurt your legs especially the knees. When your age creeps up on you, even as early as 35 to 40, you start noticing that your body is a little worn, your joints hurt a little more than a few years ago, yes it is Arthur coming to visit, along with his cousin Burt, and when they come they never want to leave.
Arthritis and bursitis are two FUN killers, and they can lead to something a lot worse.
It is called RA, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and that one does not just kill the fun, it can kill you.
I have so many memories, but I just wish I had been a little more kind to my joints and took precautions. We never think it will happen to us, nah, we are not the one that will be crippled by RA, and we are young and will forever be.
The reality is that no matter whom you are, if you live, you will grow old.
Life is hard enough without making it harder by neglect and nonsensical thinking that we are going to stay young forever. I am very young at heart but my body has been gradually telling me how old I really am, and with gusto I might add.
Treat your body well while you are young. Let your body grow old gradually and treat the symptoms early. Rest your limbs, do not overwork them without thinking, take vitamins and supplements to improve your joints, and love exercise but limit the extreme excess to your legs, ankles and knees.
It will pay off in the future!