Among the greatest joys that I have in being a physician is sharing in people’s journeys and hearing their story. Throughout the day, I am an audience to uplifting stories and celebration, and at other times, ones of heart break and frustration. Being both a doctor and a patient has given me many lessons in seeking joy and opportunities regardless of the challenges that seemingly stand tall.
When reviewing medical histories, I am humbled by the arthritis stories of work disability and the limits imposed on daily activities. In reviewing medication lists, I can appreciate the fact that well over a billion dollars is spent every year on prescription pills for arthritis. To better understand and treat arthritis, medical science has broadened the discussion to include the body’s connective tissues. Simply put, connective tissues are those that “connect” our bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Today, arthritis refers to more than 100 different diseases that affect areas in or around joints.
We find that when patients are given the opportunity to fully tell their story that the diagnosis becomes more transparent. Regrettably, quick stories lead to quick answers that are often limited. In my journey, upon telling the complete story of my left knee to fully invested healers, I started back towards the path of health and wellness. Thus, I wish for you to tell your story fully as you partner with an expert clinician as you reconnect with joy and robust living. During our upcoming Thriving with Arthritis Week at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, our Department of Health and Healing will be the setting for many such stories as part of the journey of healing the pains and challenges of arthritis.
Cheers to your health,