I grew up learning to gut through difficult situations. No Kvetching allowed. But my friend Michael of Spondyville started a topic today on one of the support groups for AS. He posed the following:
In accepting having AS, and learning to cope, have you gone too far? By that, I mean, are you TOO good at coping? Do you tend to put up with some symptoms because you figure it just comes with having AS? Have you ever waited too long to see a doctor in the hope or on the assumption that your symptoms were just part of an AS flare-up and would go away? How do we continue to find a balance between not jumping into a panic at every new physical change that comes along and knowing when to go see a doctor about a possible new problem? I know I’ve been guilty of waiting a bit too long in the past. Just curious about all of your thoughts, since this is something, that, it seems to me, is rarely discussed.
The discussion was really very interesting and made me think of how people are so different and handle pain and health in so many different personal ways. Nina mentioned that she felt her desire to not complain was more cultural and that she didn’t want to be the kind of person who complains but we all decided that there are times when we need to kvetch!
What do you think? Lend your thoughts on the GASP (Global Ankylosing Spondylitis Project) Facebook page!
Day 312 was created in acrylics and watercolor.
In The Studio
1. Countdown – 53 days to The Big Apple Paint-A-Thon to raise money for AS Education!
2. Apple Recipe of the Day – Caramel Apple Cheescake Dessert Dip
4. Interesting Project – Partners Against Pain launches photo awareness campaign & contest.