I understand that using this blog as a tool for venting any pent-up frustrations or irritations I may have doesn’t leave much room for positivity. It’s not that I don’t try, every time I sit down to write a new post I try to come up with something positive that has happened to me or that I’m looking forward to. Unfortunately nine times out of ten whatever is pissing me off tends to shout louder and so I write about that instead.
Today though, I’m trying to keep myself positive and I’m going to write about something I’m looking forward. I’m feeling a bit drained today and like I’ve bitten off a bit more than I can chew but I’m hoping some reverse psychology might work and if I think positive thoughts I can get over today’s little slump. As my blogging friend Cate said recently, when contemplating whether she is a glass half full or half empty person, I’m just going to be glad that “at least I have a glass and something in it!”
Back in July I told you all about a brilliant weekend away I had with a group of inspirational teenagers with JA. The courage and strength of character they showed was awesome. I said at the time that I hoped it would be a long while before I spent another weekend with them but I think I’m just about ready to go back in the ocean. So roll on October 6th and the Arthritis Ireland Family Day.
Juvenile Arthritis affects whole families and not just the child with JA. Parents make huge sacrifices for their children; they pay their medical bills, they bring them to their appointments and they do a million other small tasks each day for their children. Sometimes through the time and attention focused on children with JA, their siblings can feel neglected, isolated and less loved. I’m not a parent myself but I know my parents love me and my siblings equally though we’ve all had times when we’ve needed more attention than the others. At the moment I’m in the box seat because of my fibro but that won’t last, although there are times I’d like it to! 🙂
As a way of showing support for all these families dealing with JA, Arthritis Ireland have organised a Family Day on October 6th. This fun and informative event will give families living with JA a chance to not only meet each other, but parents will also hear from the top JA experts while the kids take part in a superhero fun day. In July I was inspired by the 25 teenagers we brought away on the JA Road Trip, I can’t wait to meet and be inspired by 54 (and counting) families and the stories they have to share.
It’s still over two weeks away but I am already looking forward to the day. I know helping out and looking after all those families will be a tiring, exhausting experience so I’ll be clearing my schedule the week before and the week after to both prepare and recover. But seeing the teenagers from the Road Trip again, meeting new children with JA and all their families will be a brilliant day.
So while I’m tired and sore today I’m hoping the expectancy of another great day on October 6th will give me just enough of a boost to beat the pain. So far so good and I’m confident that will continue through tonight. It’s amazing the power of positive thinking if we are willing to be open to it. I wonder will this last or will I be back to my moaning best by next week??