This is a new journey. On November 8th, my world went a little awry. I never expected and it opened my eyes to the need for flexibility in my life on many different levels. Physically, mentally, emotionally, etc… I need to explore my flexibility.
The same day our country took a shocking turn politically so did my life. My health became a sudden priority. I was diagnosed with 2 different forms of arthritis, neither of which I had ever heard of before. Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis became a part of my vocabulary and my life.
I’m not going into great depth explaining either. There are many resources on the internet that can describe them more than I can. Namely, http://www.spondylitis.org/ I am going to talk about how this impacts me personally.
First, I felt overwhelmed and confused. This was so far from what I was expecting I had no idea how to process this information. Second, I was angry. I started thinking of all the times in the past I went to the doctor for odd and seemingly unrelated ailments that all point to this diagnosis yet no other medical professional took any of those issues seriously enough to explore further.
Ultimately, where I am now, I feel sad. I am sad that something has been taken away from me. I have lived under the belief that my physical well-being was completely in my control. I thought if I just lost some weight and exercised more I would feel better and get back to where I was 10 years ago. Obviously, age plays a part but I assumed I was still young enough that the ability to turn things around was there.
I had no idea the aches and pains and discomfort was more than just my body being uncomfortable from weight gain. I had no idea that this was just the beginning and my future was going to shift to a focus on pain management.
I named this blog Finding Flexibility because flexibility is imperative to fighting against the degenerative nature of this disease, both physical and mental flexibility. Right now I’m approaching my need for flexibility through yoga which addresses both.
This Blog is going to be about my journey and quest to create a flexible and supple life.