A poem from JoelvsArthritis about the current Covid-19 pandemic
Tag: Invisible illness
Using the term ‘underlying health condition’ as a reason for the general public not to worry, is insensitive to those of us who have good reason to worry.
You may recall I mentioned Lindsay Reid’s collection of poetry entitled ‘My dark guardians’ a few months back. As a fellow sufferer of ankylosing spondylitis, her work is something I can easily relate to. You can find my earlier post below. I am delighted to say that I had an […]
Chronic illness and mental health – two evil partners in crime (part 2)
‘Oh, I see you’re limping away?’ *awkward pause as they wait for me to say* ‘How are you? You’re looking well?’ I deflect back, you don’t know my hell. Confused, they’re thrown. No gossip? Poor show. ‘What’s wrong?’, their patience expires. ‘Oh, just this long term thing’. I retire.
Any new diagnosis requires a period of adjustment, time to come to terms with the implications and a good support network around you – however, arthritis is particularly challenging. The chances are it’s a condition you have to manage for the rest of your life, dealing with pain along with […]
Background reading: Preparing for the Pain Management Clinic Some of you kind folks have been dropping me messages about how I got on at the pain management clinic; firstly, thank you and secondly apologies for the delay in writing an update from last week’s appointment, it didn’t exactly go as […]
This is a poem that I’ve had in my drafts for some time. As you can tell, I was quite angry and frustrated when I wrote this and it is darker than it probably should be but I thought I should share as the message is an important one. In […]