My Poetry

I used to be

I used to be fit, I used to be strong,

I used to be witty and happy; belong.

I used to be driven, oh, to be enthused,

I used to entertain and sing; amuse.

I used to be healthy, I used to have fun,

I used to compete, be agile and run.

I used to be busy, have so many friends,

I used to keep diaries, be cool, on trend.

Now I’m a shadow, a memory, a former me,

And the only proof is a photo, a story, an ‘I used to be…’.


  1. This really resonated with me. But I do try to be happy with who I am now and live my best life within the limitations. Sometimes, though, just grrrrrr.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Really appreciate it. This was a very quick and easy one for me to write. I think we’re all allowed a moment of frustration or to feel sorry for ourselves. Stay well. X

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Joel Nelson

Joel Nelson

Joel has lived with numerous forms of arthritis most of his life, with the onset when he was just 11 years old. In 2019, Joel created his blog, JoelvsArthritis to share his experiences, raise awareness and to be an advocate for those with arthritis and other autoimmune conditions. In his short writing career, Joel has written for a number of leading autoimmune and disability charities and is a community advocate and writer for Read his arthritis story here:

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