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The A-Z Arthritis Toolkit- K

Well, after a little hiatus I am finally back doing what I enjoy, talking with you all.

My absence was unplanned and I am keen to get back to our mission. I have spent the past few months undergoing a career change, unfortunately due to the nature of the job I chose I was unable to carry on.

I am now back to a little part-time job while I search for another job that I can do full time.

As many of you will know, suffering from arthritis can severely effect and limit the type of work you can do. I will continue my search and that forms the basis of this next chapter in the toolkit.

K is for Keep calm and carry on

This one is a very quintessential British saying.

A number of years ago this phrase exploded in to shops and was seen on place mats, rugs, canvas pictures, pens, lamps, you name it the phrase was on it.

I remember buying a tea bag holder with it on when I used to work in a retail store before my accident.

Whenever I needed cash for the bus home I would have to buy something in order to get cashback, so of course I looked for the cheapest items.

I used to come home and tell my wife, then girlfriend, that I had bought her a present.

In the years I worked there she received the tea bag holder, 3 flannels bought on 3 seperate occasions, 2 fridge magnets bought on 2 seperate occasions, a napkin, a candle and a voile.

And they say romance is dead, I am sure you can imagine the scene…

Candlelit dinner with the candle I bought, bit of soft music in the background maybe AC/DC or Motorhead, her with the napkin I bought draped over her knees as I present 2 fridge magnets and a flannel, special memories.

Anyway that’s enough of my tips on how to keep consistently disappointing your partner.

When coming to the realisation that I wasn’t going to be able to continue in the career I had embarked on, naturally I was upset, disheartened and angry.Emoji, Smiley, Bad Mood, Feeling

I had big expectations of what I would be able to get out of the job financially and was excited as I thought it would be a job I could perform full time.

Reality had hit me with a cold hard slap to the face, it’s slapped me before and I have no doubt it will do again.

Such is life.

Keep going

It’s the only real option I have, keep going, keep moving forward, keep calm and carry on.

I may get beaten down but I refuse to stay down or be kept down.

I have regrouped and I am now looking in a new direction for my next job, I am feeling positive again and I am determined to succeed.

Of course this mindset may have been much harder to switch to if I didn’t have my wife by my side supporting me. It’s nice, not just for people suffering chronic illness but for everyone, to have someone by their side.

Someone who you know will always be on your side and will always have your back, that is a special feeling.

I hope that you all are experiencing or will experience that feeling. Whether you bond over a mutual love of animals, the theatre or even tea bag holders, flannels and fridge magnets.

Be sure to comment below or like and share, let me know how you are all getting on.

Speak soon, Andy.

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Andy

I am diagnosed with severe arthritis in my ankle after an accident in 2013. I am managing to do more and more each year and currently take no pharmaceutical medication. I want to share with you things that have worked for me and hope that this becomes a place where people share their knowledge to help their fellow man/woman :)

10 Comments

  1. Hi Andy, and thanks for sharing your positive attitude about living with arthritis. I too suffer from degenerative arthritis, and have already undergone hip and knee replacement surgery. Anytime I hear about others experiences and how they carry on it helps me to keep going. I look forward to spending more time here on your site. Thanks!

    • Hi Kyle Ann thank you for your comment. I am sorry to hear you have had to undergo surgeries.
      I am glad you are enjoying the site and hope to hear from you again.

  2. I understand about Arthritis, recently quit my job due to knee athritis and upto today it really hurts me, Since i loved the job so much.Thank you so much for the tips.

    • Hi Mercy thanks for reading and commenting.

      I am sorry to hear that you have had to give up your job too. It’s not a great situation to be in.

      I hope you can find a way to get some relief and return to doing what you love.

      All the best!

  3. Great post Andy and welcome back! I love your positive attitude and mindset. My mother also suffers from arthritis, not easy. I’m curious about what can give a little bit of relief.

    • Hi Luna thanks for your comment.

      If you want to look through the product reviews tab on the homepage you may find some useful tips there!

  4. Hey Andy! I’m sorry about the unfortunate turn of things but you’ll find that there is most probably something much better waiting around the corner for you! Always stay positive, that’s a recent lesson the “universe” taught me πŸ™‚

  5. Thanks for this inspiring article, many of us does not fully understand what others are experiencing and fighting for to survive! Great positive outlook in life!

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