Dan's du Journal
Daniel writes about his lifelong RA to entertain, teach, and above all, help
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.
If you have ever watched those commercials on television for arthritis medicine and remarked how inaccurate they are, then this week's column is for you. If you cringe every time you see someone playing sports in an advertisement for a Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment, don't worry you're not alone. Dan takes a look at how television is playing a part in perpetuating the myths and stereotypes that haunt those of us who suffer from RA and similar diseases.
In his first piece of the New Year, Dan takes a look at those wonderful and scary white lies we call New Year's Resolutions. Many of us pile exaggeration on top of our un-obtained goals and we end up with three or four promises made on New Year's Eve that we know will never happen, even as we are telling them to our friends and family. Well, this year, he has a suggestion that should allow everyone to accomplish their New Year's Goals.
This week, Dan tells us about the emotional roller coaster that came along with the discovery of his latest ailment. The feelings, images, and thoughts Daniel experienced are akin to what many chronically ill people suffer with. Of course, there is a happy ending. Or is there? Find out as Daniel tells the tale in his usual humorous, yet meaningful fashion.
This week, Dan takes a look at the Holiday Season and those people wee see once a year. They always ask after your health, and it can be a tricky thing, deciding how to answer. Well, here is a simply guide an explanation on how both sides feel, and what both sides want. Check out this tongue-in-cheek, yet useful, Holiday greeting primer.
In honor of Halloween, Dan returns to that perpetual source of gruesome stories – the therapy crypt. In part II, Dan tells us of his experiences with yet another therapist of questionable credentials, and the bizarre testing methods she used to help cure all his ills. Dan’s first and only visit was yet another one of his memorable adventures played out in the course of his disease. Put the kids to bed and get ready to be scared silly with this “spiritual” tale.
This week, Dan takes a look at coping mechanisms, and why it is important to discover what works best for you. While writing is his device of choice, you may find that something else is better for you. No matter what, though, find out why it is so beneficial to have something to turn to in times of need.
This is the time of year when Seasons begin to change. The leaves turn color, people start wearing jackets, and those with chronic illness can feel the effects of changing weather more than most. Dan discusses some of the different issues that people with RA suffer from when the temperature shifts, and what it feels like both physically and mentally.
This week, Dan discusses how the extreme uncertainty of being chronically ill can affect his mental state, and some of the questions that plague him on a daily basis. He also lets us in to how the disease has shaped him as an individual, and relates some of the ways that he deals with the constant flip-flopping of his disease. Anyone who has ever wanted to know how people with disease think behind closed doors, don’t miss this article.
Having a doctor with a good bedside manner is important.