Everything has its time

Everything has its time

I stumbled upon this powerful image by Darshan Gavali and felt compelled to put words to it, describing my interpretation of chronic illness. I hope I’ve done it justice. First draft. Remission (noun): a temporary diminution of the severity of disease or pain....
We grow where others cannot stand

We grow where others cannot stand

We are limited. We are disappointed. We are set back.We are frustrated, disadvantaged, we are stifled, often flat.We can be disabled, cut down, dealt an unfair hand…But we continue to grow where others couldn’t standJoel Nelson (via Instagram) View this...
The invisible

The invisible

A short poem I wrote for a campaign I was involved in on Instagram, that was centered around the powerful phrase “Our chronic illnesses may be invisible but we are not”. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Joel vs Arthritis...

People without arthritis will never understand those mornings when you know the instant you wake up that all ambitions for the day are gone. All bets are off. Today is about surviving now, and there’s no point telling anyone as their response will only disappoint.

Joel Nelson
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Having to cancel is one of the worst things about my chronic illness. It’s a constant reminder of how my disease impacts my life. You can say your arthritis ‘doesn’t define me’ all you like but you can’t change the fact it dictates significant elements of how you live.

Joel Nelson
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Pain can take away my hobbies,
it can hamper my career.
It can lay me in a bed,
it can reduce me down to tears.
It can make me feel unable;
Inferior to my peers.
It can stretch the fabric of my sanity…

But it can’t touch what I feel right here.

Joel Nelson
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