Wednesday, May 26, 2021
I've been struggling for a while now with pain and swelling in my hands, knees and feet. I woke up yesterday unable to use my hands to grip anything at all, and was so frustrated I finally went back to the doctor (I'd asked for a referral about a month ago, but with Covid, it never came thru). Today I got the blood test back, that showed I have rheumatoid arthritis. I had a suspicion this was the problem, and now I know.
The good thing is, I had made the decision recently to change my diet to a more plant based diet, ... tho I'll probably never make a good vegan or true vegetarian. I love me a good cheeseburger every now and then!! However, I feel better when I eat better, and I still have weight I'd like to lose (it doesn't stress me anymore, it's just a goal, since I've learned to be happy in my own skin).
So yeah. A new challenge to help me stay motivated to move this body! I'll be 56 in less than a month, and I consider my health to be pretty good overall. There are always challenges!! For me, it's likely going to have to start including more strength training and I'm ok with that.
Another benefit (?!!) is that with getting the diagnosis, my mom finally decided to get tested for it, as she struggles a lot with weak hands, knees and hips. At 77, she's got me beat for stubbornness!
Today, I'm grateful for the willingness to never give up or lose hope!!