Change for RA
As I look at the world from my half a century view point, I see prejudices and bias falling right and left. We have a new president that is a person of colorand we have women increasingly being seen as not just women, but the best person for a job. We have gender issues being openly discussed and laws added to the books to protect the rights of all to love and be loved. But you know, the more time goes on, the more I see one glaring fact! There is still prejudice in this country. People are still being disgarded, not counted, shunned. What is this population that is being so mistreated? Guess what, it is the disabled! It is us, all of us RA sufferers, the chronic pain people, people with visible differences, people with invisible differences. You know what I mean. You've all seen people move away when you stagger from RA's pain/stiffness. "Is she drunk or is it drugs? You can hear the whispers or see the thoughts in their eyes. Or how about dealing with the outright anger when because at the moment I didn't look "handicapped" enough to claim a parking place. But we, RA people have a chance to change the world. Will we have a rally? Make national TV? Have some movie star hottie take up our cause? Well all those would be nice. I can't think of a more fun time that meeting all of you a some rally (of course there wouldn't be enough handicapped parking!) But we can change the world one person at a time. Every time we go into the explaination of RA, no it isn't an old age disease, no it doesn't effect the mind, no there isn't a cure, yes it is for a lifetime. Every time we speak those words, we are opening someone's eyes. WE are helping them see that there is a person behind the disease. No let me change that, I am a person first, then comes RA. We are hacking away at the invisible wall that surrounds the differently abled. We are helping the world to see that all have value.So pat yourselves on the back, very gently, of course, RA people. We are changing the world and making it a better place every day!