World Arthritis Day

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Today is World Arthritis Day, a day when the millions of sufferers of the many forms of arthritis reach out to the world to educate and advocate. One organisation, the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, based in the UK, has started a new campaign called ‘remission mission’ to show how the right care can make a huge difference to the quality of life of someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The remission mission’s goal is simple, to educate the general public and to encourage medical professionals as to what remission means for patients: “From something as simple as being able to brush your teeth, do the gardening or work full time, the word remission truly means different things to each of the 690,000 people in the UK living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as well as their family and friends who see them coping with the disease daily.” They have started a photo wall where patients and medical professionals have posted about what remission means to them.

For more information see the NRAS Remission Mission page

National Poetry Day

Today is National Poetry Day. Here is a famous one that reflects how I feel right now

Solitude

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all,
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.