December 19th, 2014
When most people think about the effects of osteoarthritis (OA) on their life, they think about how it impacts them physically – how they may not be able to walk long distances anymore, or sit on the ground to play with their grandchildren. But what many don’t consider is the effect OA also has on their emotional, mental and spiritual energy or the quality, focus and force of one’s energy.
I fought joint pain every day for almost three decades, and it took up much of my best energy and left me with little for my family and work. I used to run or play tennis every day. Due to my OA, my personal trainers consistently told me I should not be running, but cycling and swimming instead. But, you see (and here comes the flawed thinking), I was busy. It took too long to change my exercise routine, and I got bored. I loved the action I got from a tennis workout, or from a four-mile run.
Over time, the pain in my knees combined with my desire to push myself physically forced me to give up many of the things I loved.