Buckle up, kids, because today we’re talking about arthritis. Which is defined by the Mayo Clinic like this:
“Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age.”
That age part is important, because in most people’s’ minds, that’s what this is; an illness of age.
The freaky part is, though it does mostly affect the elderly, it can actually start at any time. A lot of young people also battle it, and are often faced with the extra battle of not being believed because of that particular myth. Here are just a few anonymous young folks to talk about it.
10. “And I’m young”
Starting as a toddler. That’s how unpredictable this can be.
9. “Nobody can fathom”
What a horrible way to live.
8. “Less of a person”
Nothing physical could make you that.
7. “I’m too young!”
Sadly, you’re not.
6. “It really crams my social life”
Boredom is a greater killer than we often realize.
5. “I feel betrayed”
These dumb bodies of ours. It’s always somethin’ with them.
4. “Just under 30”
That’s so much to go through so soon.
3. “I shouldn’t hate…”
It’s not good that you were put through that – people should have done better by you.
2. “I feel judged”
People just don’t get it.
1. “Pretty dumbstruck”
That’s a mild way of putting it.
I guess the moral of the story is don’t make assumptions about the people around you – you don’t know what they might be fighting.
Do you have experience with this?
Tell us about it in the comments.