How a Diagnosis Changed My Life

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There will always be difficulties in life. Live accordingly.

Life can change in an instant and we never know if or when it will. Getting arthritis has reminded me that I can’t put off my goals or dreams for another day, because who knows what tomorrow will bring?

The best time wasn’t in the past and it isn’t in the future. It’s right here, right now.

Over the past year I’ve had to learn to stop re-living the mistakes of the past and focusing on the problems that arthritis might cause me in the future. Sure, arthritis did get in the way of life at first. But it didn’t take away my life completely. So instead of letting it control my thoughts and emotions, I had to re-gain control of my life.

Slow down. Every day.

In order to savor each and every day, we need to learn to slow down and be present. This means taking the time to breathe and to make ourselves fully aware of what’s going on around us. It’s not easy to do, believe me. I have spent the past year reading a lot about mindfulness and how to focus on the present more.

Express gratitude. Whenever possible.

Life can throw a lot of things at us. I took so much of my life for granted until I got arthritis. My diagnosis has shown me how much I took my body for granted. I also learned that I was coasting through my day, not truly recognizing the amazing people I got to share my life with.

Stories of a former high school teacher, now business consultant. Husband. Travel fanatic. Obsessed coffee drinker. And all-around nerd.

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