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Greetings, dear readers,

Today, I am sharing a deeply personal journey that diverges from the exciting travels and usual antics I often recount. Instead, it delves into the narrative of my spine, which, unbeknownst to me, has been silently chronicling its own tale of aging, wear, and the presence of a condition known as osteoarthritis.

The Unwelcomed Guest

A while ago, I discovered myself grappling with an unfamiliar, agonizingly persistent pain in my back. Initially, I brushed it off as a mere ‘bad day’ for my back, as my work is physically demanding and I often attributed the pain to common muscle strains. However, as time progressed, so did the intensity of the pain, transforming even the simplest tasks into daunting feats of strength and endurance.

From Assumption to Reality

I soon realized this wasn’t merely a temporary glitch; it was a profound revelation. The arduous quest for answers eventually brought me face-to-face with a CT scan, uncovering the true culprit behind my discomfort: osteoarthritis. Though the term was not foreign, the realization that it now resonated with my own body sent a shock through my being. The diagnosis instantly aligned me with the countless individuals worldwide grappling with this relentless degenerative joint disease, forming an unbreakable bond of understanding and empathy.

Navigating Work with Osteoarthritis

Being diagnosed is one thing, but navigating daily life, especially work, is another. I’ve always prided myself on my work and what I do is quite physical. However, with this diagnosis, tasks that were once second nature started to look like mountains. I’ve been in a quandary about how to merge the demands of my job with my newly discovered health challenge.

The silver lining? This experience has underscored the importance of open communication. I’ve reached out to my superiors, explaining the situation and seeking possible accommodations. The response and support from them and my colleagues have been nothing short of heartwarming.

Lessons from the Spine

This journey, albeit unexpected, has provided valuable insights:

  • Our bodies speak: They whisper before they scream. It’s crucial to listen and act promptly.
  • Adaptability is key: Life can throw curveballs. Being flexible and open to change, whether that’s in routines or roles, can be a game-changer.
  • Community matters: Whether it’s family, friends, colleagues, or even fellow bloggers, having a supportive network can make challenging times more bearable.

Looking Ahead

While osteoarthritis is now a part of my story, it doesn’t define me. I take action every day to understand it better and strive to adapt and thrive. Through exploration of remedies, therapies, and lifestyle changes, I continuously seek ways to effectively manage this condition. Rest assured, I am eager to share any valuable discoveries I come across with all of you, spreading knowledge and support to ensure we navigate this journey together.

To those of you facing your health challenges, remember, every challenge comes with its lessons. Let’s embrace them, learn from them, and most importantly, support each other through them.

Here’s to resilience, adaptability, and the journey ahead.





Mental Health Advocate (Lived experience) and Digital Designer 👨‍🎨 – Enjoying South Australia’s backyard
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