There is something irrefutably amazing about being able to communicate across
time zones and continents with fighters, survivors - exactly like me.
As you all probably know, right now, there are hundreds of articles expressing that Social Media (or the internet) is replacing our relationships.
I’ll tell you this, as a 20-something-year-old disabled girl, I beg to differ.
Recently, I wrote a research paper for school discussing this very topic. Being that it was a formal paper, there were a lot of things I wasn’t able to say.
If you’d let me, I’d like to say those things now:
Having Arthritis is scary.
Just walking into a doctor’s appointment is scary.
“Is the doctor going to help me?”
“Is he going to believe my pain is real?”
Being surrounded by patients 3-4x your age that are disfigured, crippled, wheelchair-bound, visibly in pain, thin, and who frankly -no offense- look like they’d be better off in heaven than suffering any longer… is saddening and traumatizing.
“Will I be wishing for death when I’m their age?”
“Will I even reach their age?”
Again, Arthritis is scary.
Even though I still wish I was the only girl in the world with RA, I’m eternally grateful for my #RASisters and my #RADudes.
For me, the Internet is all I have to communicate and connect with people like me and I wouldn’t trade that for anything!
These men and women, young and old, EXTRA-ordinary people who fight an invisible pain 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Friends, who not only personally know every tear, every pain, every disappointment, but also have the heart to offer comfort and advice to someone else. Friends who are feel like they’ve been run over by a truck, but want to know how you’re doing. Friends who will find a remedy and immediately jump online to share it others.
Friends, I can’t get over you. And yes, I thank the Internet for that.
Thanks, for allowing me to make life-long relationships across space and time.
Absolutely nothing can replace the feeling of relief brought on by a friend
who reaches out at the exact moment you need it.
|Meeting my Rheumy Friends for the first time. :)|