Dan's du Journal
Daniel writes about his lifelong RA to entertain, teach, and above all, help
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.
Medical insurance signifies many things to many people. For those with chronic illness, though, medical insurance is one of life's necessities. If the provider is generous, it can be a pleasure to deal with. If the provider is stingy, though, it can be a constant source of stress and worry. This week, Daniel tells us what medical insurance means to those who are ill.
This week, Dan takes a look at something many disabled and physically handicapped people go through — public scrutiny. Almost everyone who has a physical ailment has been in public and been stared or gawked at. Well, this tongue-in-cheek look at the different types of social nosy nellies will help both the handicapped and the curious to see things from a different angle.
In the second column to deal with his recent operation, Daniel talks about the different aspects of what it takes to get back to his normal routine after such a drastic interruption. Many of you know how much a disruption in the status quo can mean to a chronically ill individual, and those who don't can gain some insight into just how much it means.
Those of you who have to make small decisions each day that may greatly affect your health or even your life know that the factors that go into making these decisions are numerous. A decision that takes only a few seconds may result in a week of pain. This week, Daniel tries to illustrate all the factors that go into these small decisions, and just by the actual act of reading the column you may be able to gain some insight.