#Fast50 : Fun Facts!

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The challenge: share 9-12 stock pictures that represent you. Then share a #Fast50 fun facts or beliefs you personally hold true.

fast 50:

1. when in doubt, over-dress; and use the nice plates. Donโ€™t save โ€˜em for a special occasion. ๐Ÿ‘—

2. time spent on, in, or near water is never wasted ๐ŸŒŠ

3. making memories and capturing moments is better than โ€˜stuffโ€™ or โ€˜thingsโ€™ ๐Ÿ“ธ

4. pugs are their own thing, their own creature, unlike any other dogs ๐Ÿพ

5. music can literally be healing – if not physically, then at least mentally-emotionally-spiritually ๐ŸŽถ

6. birds are so much cooler & more beautiful & interesting than people give them credit for ๐Ÿฆ

7. health is the greatest blessing/privilege ๐Ÿค’

8. if you ever want to buy me something, you canโ€™t go wrong with something rose gold or PINK (although, my entire house is basically shades of blue, grey, and teal!) ๐Ÿ’–

9. crocs are hella comfy ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ

10. michael jackson was innocent ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿฝ

11. #freebritney is a major human rights issue ๐Ÿ’ฏ

12. aliens/UFOs likely exist ๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

13. heaven is another dimension in the multiverse ๐Ÿ˜‡

14. gavin rossdale is one of the most-underrated frontmen, ever. and bush = one of the most under-appreciated rock bands ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽค

15. some of the best smells are: gardenia, lilac, jasmine, honeysuckle, saltwater, ocean air, puppy breath, cookies baking. ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿช

16. my parrotlet asking me for, and subsequently thanking me for, a kiss, will never get old. ๐Ÿฆœ 17. jesus was a man but god has no gender and furthermore can be found in nature and all around us. โœ๏ธ

18. ghosts? angels? real. and i do believe some people have a connection to the other side. ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ”ฎ

19. if an actual cure for cancer can be found, a cure for autoimmune disease will soon follow and vice versa. PS: science matters; get the dang covid vaccine. ๐Ÿงฌ๐Ÿงช๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ

20. donald trump is a garbage human and will go down as a stain on our nationโ€™s history โ€ฆ but he is a symptom of a much bigger, darker, sadder, scarier, maddening, upsetting, very real problem. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

21. Black Lives Matter. Trans Lives Matter. And Black Trans Lives Matter. PS feminism is inclusive. ๐Ÿค›๐Ÿพ

22. Ableism runs rampant in our culture and is wildly under-acknowledged and under-addressed. โ™ฟ๏ธ

23. Our foster care / child protective system is broken. ๐Ÿ’”

24. women/womyn will change the world ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿผ

25. dogs/animals are one of the biggest blessings, ever. ๐Ÿถ

26. sunshine is medicine; travel is, too. โ˜€๏ธโœˆ๏ธ (But Iโ€™ll also take some healing crystals and pharmaceutical drugs!)

27. empathy is the basis for all understanding. and kindness is never out of style, out of place, or our of touch. ๐Ÿ’•

28. authenticity is better than fitting in. ๐Ÿฆ„

29. afternoon tea in london; a safari in africa; birding in costa rica; sunbathing in bora bora; snorkeling in australia or the galapagos; wandering in new zealandโ€ฆ. SIGN ME UP! But so far my top 3 fav trips: Maui, Italy, Block Island. ๐ŸŒŽ

30. fully being โ€” and knowing โ€” oneself is something many people never fully master. also collectively, we need more self-awareness and less ignorance โœŒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

31. the US education system is white-washed and ethnocentric. Oh, and white privilege exists, whether you understand or accept it or not ๐Ÿซ

32. not everyoneโ€™s 24 hours are equal โฐ

33. toxic positivity is harmful ๐Ÿ™ƒ

34. I basically love all animals. Some favs include: dogs – cats – birds – elephants – goats – sea turtles – horses – otters – axolotls – ducks – dolphins – butterflies ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ๐Ÿด๐Ÿข๐Ÿฆ†๐Ÿ˜

35. all bodies & all people are worthy and beautiful in their own way ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽค

36. gratitude is everything

37. itโ€™s okay to cry. And – emotional intelligence canโ€™t be taught but must be learned ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ’œ

38. we all have gifts and struggles ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

39. babies laughing is *the cutest* and most joyful, sweet sound in the world ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ

40. some of my other favorite sounds are: ocean waves, thunderstorms, water flowing/trickling, birdsong, fire crackling, dogs snoring, cats purring, justin timberlakeโ€™s singing voice, gravel crunching under your shoes as you walk. ๐Ÿ”ฅโ›ˆ๐ŸŒ…

41. horseback riding, kayaking, boating, snorkeling, and jetskiing are things I wish I could do more of ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ฅ

42. the opening of a big concert โ€ฆ those moments counting downโ€ฆ when the artist or band first hits the stage โ€ฆ one of THE ABSOLUTE DEFINITIVE BEST moments in life!!!!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

43. Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana? Murdered. ๐Ÿ‘€ ALSO: true crime & conspiracy podcasts and documentaries are so interesting and, oddly, an escape. ๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ”

44. if I won big on the lottery, after paying off debts and helping out family, and donating to charities, Iโ€™d hire an on-demand massage therapist, and a daily cleaning service, and get a boat, kayaks, jet ski, hot tub jacuzzi, pool, sauna, & beach house! And maybe do stem cell therapy for my joints. ๐Ÿ’ฐ On-call deep tissue massages & acupuncture would be EVERYTHINGGGG.

45. freddie mercury was a genius. ๐ŸŽค

46. pain is exhausting – and pain is also not a competition. ๐Ÿ˜”

47. morally-ethically i want to be vegan and i have tried, but my body prefers when I am an omnivore ๐ŸŒฑ

48. being flexible and adapting to adversity and or/change and progress, is one of the biggest parts of resilience and grit, and likely a big part of happiness and contentment ๐ŸŒˆ

49. the idea of โ€œacting oneโ€™s ageโ€ when it comes to personal style, interests, hobbies, taste, etc. is often just an arbitrary social construct. With most things โ€” you never have to conform! ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ

50. LOVE is everything. โ™ฅ๏ธ Coffee helps too. โ˜•๏ธ



Joint Decisions and the Analysis Paralysis of My Summer

I’ve had health problems for almost my entire life. I’ve even written two books and an award-winning blog about all of it! But, they never really “got to me” until recently.

The past year or so have been tough, to say the least. But — if I’m being honest, it’s the last decade, really. Sure, I dealt with RA & JIA, OA, Celiac, Bell’s Palsy, Dysplasias, Headaches, and Anxiety prior to 2011. But, the hits just kept coming after that year.

A brain surgery for Chiari. Hospitalizations for POTS. A bone marrow biopsy. PTSD. A lipoma excision surgery. Dystonia. Tendinitis. Reactions to medications. Ambulance rides. A total knee replacement. Worsening chronic migraines. A long-term relationship with steroid joint injections in my hands and feet; and Botox injections for migraines in my scalp. Possible covid and a chronic asthmatic cough. And, in the past year, a dog bite, my first broken bone, and several falls and sprains.

I have had more than one orthopedic surgeon at more than one practice say the following to me:

  • your foot is ‘too far gone’
  • your joints are the worst I’ve seen for someone your age
  • your wrist looks like an 80-year-old’s
  • usually we don’t do a thumb joint replacement on someone so young
  • you’re the second youngest patient I’ve done a total knee on
  • you will need a triple fusion (arthrodesis) of your foot; it may or may not work
  • we could amputate it
  • you need a reconstruction or replacement of both your CMC (thumb) joints
  • you will definitely need a wrist replacement or fusion at some point
  • your joints are too bad for stem cell
  • ‘end-stage’ osteoarthriits and joint degeneration
  • your left knee and right knee look like two different patients, one in their 30s, one in their 70s
  • it’s too bad you weren’t able to get on biologics sooner to save your joints

… and so on.

And a lot of that may not mean a whole lot to many of you, unless you’ve experienced RA and/or the excruciating pain of a joint replacement. But the TLDR is that it isn’t a pleasant prospect.

Unfortunately, sometimes surgeries are literally the only treatment option and only way to improve quality of life.

I had my first knee surgery around age 13 or so. I had my second when I was about 26 or 27. I then had it totally replaced when I was a day shy of turning 33.

Currently, I manage my thumbs, wrist, and foot with steroid injections every 90 days.

It’s very painful. It sucks.

I know the new surgeries that I face in my hands and foot are going to need to happen soon now, however, because, after like 6 years of getting them done, the injections are starting to lose efficacy. My joints are feeling worse.

It’s at times quite disabling.

Typing is hard — so is texting. Opening a can or a jar? Forget it. Driving? Eh sometimes pretty uncomfortable. Sleep? Some days it’s a lost cause. Doing my hair? I rarely can. Cleaning, chores? Difficult.

And it impacts my hobbies and interests, too. My entire summer and perhaps the rest of the calendar year (not to mention travels, work, etc.) are going to be impacted by the seemingly-impossible decisions I face about my joints and potential operations to fix them. Heck – my entire life could be impacted!

Pain and immobility is a b@#$%! And while there are worst things than living with an illness or disability, and I am so blessed in other ways, it is a challenge more often and in more ways than most people could know.

This video is lengthy — an hour long. But — it’s the same as listening to a podcast! Here, I talk about some of the decisions I face and share a little more about my sometimes-difficult journey. I’d love if you could watch, but I understand if you cannot.

In the meantime, I urge you to check out the new PsA Healthline App from Healthline. I’ve partnered with them to help share and promote this wonderful patient community of like-minded individuals and Psoriatic Arthritis patients and caregivers. It’s free to download, so, you should take a peek and see for yourself why I’m so excited to be an Ambassador! After all, when you deal with health nonsense, it’s nice to know you’re not alone!!

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๐ŸŽฅ Long video. But if you have an hour to listen to a podcast or binge-watch a show, or play a game on your phone, then you have an hour to listen, watch, and hear my #truthโ€‹! ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you or someone you love live with RA, OA, chronic illness or disability, you may even relate. (And if any birdwatchers or musicians want to listen, or youโ€™re just a friend or family member who wants a life update or to show support โ€ฆ here you go! Youโ€™re welcome! ๐Ÿ˜‰)

๐Ÿž โš–๏ธ โ˜ฏ๏ธ Life presents hard choices at times. Unique circumstances can make these decisions even harder. Whether itโ€™s travelingโ€ฆ Whether to join a gymโ€ฆ Whether to have childrenโ€ฆ What type of career path to take or what kind of work to doโ€ฆ Whether or not to have a surgery, or take up a new hobby, or try a new med or a new style โ€ฆ Sometimes even basic choices can seem impossible and some decisions, very difficult.

๐ŸŒŸ While this vlog starts out on the more lighthearted side, it gets deep, personal, raw & real.

I do promise that it has a point. โ™ฅ๏ธ

You may even learn something! ๐Ÿค—

And I truly THANK you all for your love and support, always.

Be kind and have a great day! โ˜€๏ธ You never know what struggles someone battles – big or small – behind closed doors! ๐Ÿ’–

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