Dan's du Journal
Daniel writes about his lifelong RA to entertain, teach, and above all, help
This week, Daniel tells us about one of his recent fears, and how it has been affecting his life. He also describes how an event he attended this past weekend has begun to change his point of view, and made that fear start to recede. It is a fear many of us have had, and many more will have some day. See how Daniel is dealing with it, and hopefully learn a thing or two yourself.
This column, Daniel takes us through a recent discovery of his, and relates how it has affected his life in a positive way. Dan also reminds us how dangerous it can be to become stuck in our comfort zone, especially when chronically ill. The benefits of accomplishment are both physical and mental, and it pays to never forget to try.
This week, Dan takes a look at what being a guest with a disability can mean. When visiting with friends or acquaintances, there are many things that must be considered, and he takes us through a few. It can be tricky, but he helps to break down some of the concerns that those who are handicapped have when simply going to the beach.
This week, Daniel touches up a subject that many individuals with chronic illness must wrestle with all the time. People who are ill have to decide if they can and should have children, and the risks and rewards of doing so. Dan goes over a few of the concerns that he has about his own future, and they are likely similar to anyone who is afflicted and wants to start a family.
This week, Daniel talks about something all of us dread — flare-ups. He gives us some insight into living with the possibility of a disease downturn always hanging over his head, and the stress that it causes. To find out just what having an impending flare is like, check this week's column out.
This week, Daniel talks about how he found out that another set of his joints are going to have to be replaced. The dislocation of his hip early last month brought another issue to light, and now he is facing the beginning of a long road to health. See how it all began in this week's piece.
This week, Dan is away on a trip, and he helps us understand just what is involved when a chronically ill individual travels. The amount of medicine and other equipment that must come along with him can be overwhelming. Not only that but the disease itself always gets worse when he is outside of his comfort zone. See how it ends up.
This week, Dan takes a look at just how much time and effort goes into taking care of yourself when you suffer from chronic illness. Many people do not realize just how much time gets eaten up by doctor's visits, filling prescriptions, and the other day-to-day minutiae that those who are ill have to contend with. Dan takes us through a potential month.
This week, Dan describes a recent episode he had with his prosthetic hip. It involved a trip to the emergency room, a ride in an ambulance, and the phoning of 911. It also made him realize just what is important in the lives of people who suffer from autoimmune disease, and the benefits of having support available at all times.
This week, Dan takes at look at a subject that is taboo to many, fun to some, and individual to all. That three letter word we all love and hate at times in our lives — sex. Sexual activity is something that we who suffer from chronic physical illness have to take very seriously. There are unique concerns and questions that come along with the act, and Dan take us through some of the things he's learned.