If you had of spoken to me 8 years ago after my diagnosis of RA that I would ever have a strong body again, I would have just laughed at you. I mean how on earth can you get strong when you can't even walk? you can't lift your baby and getting dressed takes every ounce of willpower you have?
It took my quite a few years to even feel game enough to try. Once I had a good specialist who I trusted and once mentally I was ready. Because to exercise the way I wanted with RA takes more mental strength that you can imagine. Every fibre of your body screams at you to stop, every joint burns with pain.... but you know once you get over the first bit.... somehow your body just goes with it.
But to get to that stage where you even want to try it HUGE. The one thing that made me get up and fight to stay strong was absolute determination that RA was not going to take anything else from me. I didn't care how much it hurt, how sore, I was I was going to be like everyone else. Silly perhaps, but that is just the way it was.
and then I had the car accident. Back to square one.
But I know how this story works, I know what I have to do..... so every week with my physio training me, we have been working very very hard. LOTS of weights, I mean LOTS!!!
This week 23 weeks after my accident I was finally ready to RUN on the tready... not for ages, but I could RUN !!! I was so happy I just about burst into tears at the gym.
So that's me this week. Seriously happy and feeling strong.