Author: Sharon Gerald

Pain Diary #5

on breaking the rules I imagine myself hiking without pain because this is what the therapy exercise has told me to do. I do it wrong. Even my dreams know the climb is hard. I […]

Pain Diary #4

on keeping your hands to yourself Don’t shake hands during an epidemic, we are told,and I am begging you not to ever shake my hand. Like so many thingsforced with the best of intentions on […]

Pain Diary #3

on broken hearts and bad hips Your country will break your heart again.It will break your heart like a bad boyfriend,like the liberal feminist boyfriendwho has hated every female boss he has ever had, like […]

Pain Diary #2

on the fear that kills My friend died because he thought he would be firedif he admitted he was deathly sick.He died of cancer,but he died faster of fear, stress, overwhelm,and the isolation of believing […]

Pain Diary #1

on asking for help in all the wrong places Once I told a doctor my shoulder hurt.He said maybe the pain came from my wristbecause what did I know?He sent me for a test on […]

The Importance of Being Lazy

…but not too lazy. A few days ago I had a long day. I was on the road a good bit of the day, driving in bad weather, and I also spent time lifting items […]

Stress and RA

I’ve always known that stress played a large role in my rheumatoid arthritis. I’ve been frustrated in my efforts to find doctors who would listen to what I had to say about this or address […]

My Illness/Wellness Journey

Disclaimer #1: Everyone’s journey is their own. What works for me may not work for someone else. Disclaimer #2: I credit natural approaches to helping me feel better, but I am under the care of […]

Year’s End Failures

We spend too much time judging ourselves. I love all of the ways I have to measure what I do, but the measurements themselves make me feel inadequate. My Fitbit has been sitting in a […]

Jeffersonia Hawkins Jones

Jeffersonia Hawkins Jones was my 3rd great grandmother. She was the mother of my grandmother’s (Gerald) grandfather (Davis). Jeffersonia Hawkins Jones was part Creek and part English. She was the most recent of my ancestors […]