Monday, January 23, 2012

Good Things - Good People?

    A phrase I've heard a lot lately is "Good things happen to good people". I am strongly against this. While I do believe that you will be treated much better by your peers and co-workers if you chose to be what I view as a "good person", I disagree with the thought that hardships don't come to good people. What about the kids from Uganda I met almost a year ago, who had perfectly gorgeous hearts and minds but sitting on the floor of a run-down school? Or infants who die right at birth?
    What I do believe is that "good" people make "good" things out of "bad" situations. You can look at someone's life and, judging by their attitude, you would think it was perfect when really it is tattered and run-down. On the flip side, you can look at someone who has everything and they're all depressed about things that they actually have to work for. I am not trying to say that if you have that "perfect life" you are a depressed, spoiled brat. I completely stick to my belief that you can have both.
    Except now we come to the question of what is considered good in society and what is considered bad. I believe that good is putting others before yourself, and bad is decadent** and selfish. I hope this serves as a sort of reference for the paragraph above.
    The truth is that everyone has hardships in life, and though some are significantly greater than others, everybody hurts. Being a "good" person might make these experiences less painful, but being a "good" person won't prevent these type of things from happening.
    I've read* that when people are diagnosed with chronic illnesses they often ask, "why me?" I can't exactly say I can relate to this, because of all the feelings I ever went through the "why me?" was not one of them.
    I am an avid believer that "why not me?" is a superior question.


*It's not like I have actual proof of this or anything.
**Catch that, LA kids?

Love,
Rachel 

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Email!

   So I often have people comment on my blog with personal questions due to the lack of ways to contact me. In response to this I have created an email address specifically for this blog.

thekidwitharthritis@gmail.com

   I will check this email regularly, so for questions or messages please send it to this account.

Thank you, and I hope this comes in handy!

Love,
Rachel 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Snapshot

   As some of you may know, I am now on methotrexate to manage my arthritis symptoms. It is going pretty well and my knees have felt some relief from it. I've only become nauseated from it once so far, and my pediatric rheumatologist is bumping up my dose.
   Methotrexate is one of the more popular drugs used for treating JRA. Though you can take it through a pill, I get mine through weekly injections. My mom gives them to me and as much as I hate to admit it, she does a really good job. So that is just a medical update. If anyone has questions, do not hesitate to comment or message me.
   I just got back from vacation. We went down to an amusement park and during the rides they take your picture at what is considered the most thrilling moment. Now I think we have already discussed how little facial expressions I have, but these pictures just made me look so depressed. I was excited but my face was completely neutral while everyone else was screaming. Based on the pictures, I would not want to be friends with me.
   Also, I have noticed while looking for a song to sing in chorus that I have mostly sad songs on my iTunes. I can't seem to decide whether this is a good or bad thing. But hey, no one's making me!
   We are talking about closing the gap between the real world and the ideal world in social studies. I have mixed views on this. In some ways, the ideal world is the real world. We learn from our mistakes and everyone is created by their situation. Now through this, I am not saying that we should just ignore the injustices. We becoming better, more knowledgable people by finding solutions to these things. We are given the opportunity to a better place when we die. Personally, I can't imagine anything more perfect than that.
   I am thoroughly convinced that life is about taking chances and accepting risks with pride and a good spirit. If you're not having fun here on earth, what are you doing? Just some things to think about!
   Lastly, for all of you who were worried about my hand, I am fine now. I am sorry for not posting since mid-December!