Another month just went by pain and symptom free. I have been working hard on a recipe book called Faces of Juicing. I did not realize I have not posted anything on this blog in the last month. Time seems to go by fast when pain free, it is a nice change. I like having a hard time not wanting to stop walking or carrying my stuff. I love getting to pick up my dog Hershey, petting the dogs, holding my camera and anything else I want to do. I can even stand around and sit on any seats now, so yes I love it. I even wore blue jeans this past week, I haven’t done that in almost two years!
RA Warrior is doing another blog carnival and has asked patients to blog or comment on what do you do to keep the disease in taking over parts of your life? Which brings me to Faces of Juicing; during my three years of flaring I started juicing. In the fall of last year I started playing with my food and making faces out of the produce before I juiced them. Before I started flaring I took a camera out all the time to take photos of flowers, butterflies, events and anything else I found interesting. I really missed being able to do something artistic like that, so I decided to start doing something with the produce to make juice.
As I started it was hard staying on my feet that long, they would be on fire before I was done. My shoulder was also on fire many times after lifting and pushing the plunger down on the juicer, one time it swelled up pretty good a few hours after making the juice. But I was really enjoying making the faces and juicing each day. As drugs changed for my Rheumatoid Arthritis I had improvement and now I have no pain at all while juicing or any other time during the day or night. Making the faces gave me some peace from the disease even when I had increased pain from doing it.
I am not sure how to explain that feeling of peace. It was like when I held my Canon Rebel up to my face and looking through the view finder, the few seconds it would take for me to frame the photo and focus on the scene I would have complete peace and the pain would not matter. I found that same peace while playing with my food and making a face each day.
During the start of my third week of being pain free, I got a tweet from another patient in the #rheum community on Twitter. @anetto said on February 24th “@geekgoodgirl @gotbaddog You need to do a Faces of Juicing book. I bet you have enough pictures #rheum”. I saw that and thought in my head, “OMG, I can do this! OMG, I never thought I would do this.” I have done short technical eBooks on how to do things, usually only a few pages long. Write a book, a recipe book, me? Well you know the craziness of Rheumatoid Arthritis, we do some crazy stuff. So yes, yes I will do this book! A week later I had all the photos downloaded to my computer and began working on the book. A month later I had a 90 page recipe book with over 50 juicing recipes. That is crazy right? To me it was, especially since in the last three years I struggled to write posts in blogs; it is hard to think when you have so much pain and fatigue. For that reason I decided the timing was right so I better get to writing. Currently I am finishing the website and then will release the book for Amazon Kindle and paperback.
But that is not all, what started out as something fun and peaceful to do has now turned into multiple books. I am working on the second book, juicing for weight loss now. Also another person in the juicing community I put my juicing photos up on has been making characters before blending. So I will be working with him on a recipe book for blending. How exciting is that?
What helps give you peace while you are in chronic pain? Are there things you will do even if it causes pain but you enjoy doing it anyway? Have you found yourself doing things you never imagined doing? Do you do crazy things during remission periods? I still cannot get over how much I can do and I am not in pain. Do you realize how hard it is to sit at a computer and work? Right now all I want to do is go outside and play while I can, but the other half of me knows I need to work while I can too. Maybe I will drag Lloyd across the US a few times again this year? Find some stores or events where I can play with my food and make faces along the way. Even better we can pick up a juicer to travel with and start a forth book juicing recipes for traveling. That sounds good to me! Looks like it might be a busy year.
Here is another song you can add to your music therapy list, Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over, I hope you enjoy!
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