January 10, 2011
News! I decided to throw caution to the wind (and the remaining few dollars I have) and register for the 2011 Arthritis Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. The summit is February 28 – March 2nd. I’m really excited but also a bit nervous. I’ve never been to DC before. Despite going all alone and not knowing anybody, I’m sure it will be an incredible experience. I hope. Now I just have to figure out how to pay for it. Actually, I don’t want to jinx myself but I applied for a travel stipend which, if I “win” it, I’ll get $1,500 to go toward travel expenses. I find out tomorrow if I get it. I really hope I do because money is tight and it would help out so much. I was on the fence about going this year due to the large pile of debt I’m working hard to pay off, but I really don’t want to wait another year. Cross your fingers I get the stipend!
In other arthritis news, there isn’t much news. I’m still off prednisone (I think it’s been at least a month), so that’s great. I’m still staying off caffeine and I think that’s helping to keep the inflammation at bay. I’ve been trying to take fish oil capsules at least once a day to also help battle inflammation.