HAPPY THANKSGIVING, ALL!
Here’s a Thanksgiving-inspired article I wrote for RheumatoidArthritis.net three years ago. I wasn’t able to get my act together to write one in time this year, so this will have to do! I still agree with it.
“When what you’re used to is irretrievably gone, it’s hard to believe in something new.” —Rachel Cusk
Reading is one of my favorite forms of self-care. It’s relaxing, and being able to escape into a book is a way to escape the pain and sickness of RA–even if just for a little bit.
Here’s an article I wrote back in March about RA and reading: “RA Reading List”
Happy Fall Reading!
“Being sick isn’t a fashion accessory.” –Kara Nesvig
Many people in the RA/chronic illness/chronic pain communities are up in arms right now over Kimhēkim’s latest runway show during Paris Fashion Week–where leggy models traipsed up and down the runway sporting minimalist “SICK” T-shirts and IV bags. So…they’re gorgeous models who happen to be “sick” yet can still strut their stuff and look “cool” while doing it? What exactly is the message here? Is it supposed to be funny? Quirky? I don’t see the humor in it.
Since when did “sickness” become a fashion statement?
I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about this. Some immediate reactions include: disgust, disappointment, surprise, anger, frustration, and irritation. It seems like “sickness” is being made into some weird sort of gimmick or caricature, therefore demeaning and disrespecting the real lives of those of us who struggle with illness on a daily basis. I’ve been “SICK” with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for 22 years, and I’ve never once thought it was “cool” or anything close to it. It’s been a nightmare.
The following links are a couple of articles about this controversy, if you want to read more:
The Independent — “Kimhēkim: Fashion Brand Criticised for Using IV Drips in Runway Show”
I know you have a little life in you yet
I know you have a lot of strength left
I should be crying but I just can’t let it show
I should be hoping but I can’t stop thinking…