Hi, I’m Lisa,
I am glad you are here!
Perhaps you are wondering why this blog is called Rheuma Optimist, which means “rheumatism optimist”. Aren´t rheumatism and optimism two things that do not quite fit together?
Yes, indeed, they DO fit together. In my experience they can be a great match!
For I have rheumatoid arthritis and I am a known optimist. 😉
By developing a positive attitude and by changing my lifestyle, I have managed to reduce pain and to reclaim not only mobility but the overall quality of life.
This actually works – for everyone. And, of course, for you also. If you’re ready to invest a little time and energy in your body.
Now, you could ask: Is rheumatism not something that just older people get? And aren´t those plagued by rheumatism those pessimists who moan all day and tell everyone how bad they are doing?
No, not at all. I would almost say, quite the contrary. It is simple: rheumatism can affect anyone.
Often it hits very young people, even children. And people like us. People who are just at the beginning (or in the middle, or at least far from the end) of worklife, who are full of plans and want to achieve a lot.
But what to do when, right in the middle of that wonderful life to live, the diagnosis rheumatism hits you like a punch in the stomach?
If you read this, then I would suspect that you have received such a diagnosis.
Then you’re probably just going to somehow reconcile yourself with it.
But there is more. Because when you read this, then you are looking for solutions. Then you are looking for a way to take your life back into your own hands. Despite rheumatism.
I know how you feel. I know the pain you’re fighting and the fears you wake up with every day. And I know that, in all that chaos, it is possible to find your own strength again.
This is the blog I would have loved to read when I got the diagnosis 15 years ago.
This will be the accumulation of knowledge I did collect over those years – this is a source of what I, by trial and error, found out to be helpful. It is, however, a work in progress. It just started.
Completely independent of physicians and pharmaceutical companies I want to show you what I did to improve my quality of life. It is just my story.
Because it is possible to live a good life. We are so much more than an illness. Improving your health sure is a lot of hard work, but it is possible. If I have learned to change my life in a positive way, through self-discipline and a positive attitude, then you can do it too.
If you want it. And if you’re willing to invest the necessary time.
This is a project that will determine every day of your life. But think about it, it’s your life! It is precious. So make it worthwhile!
I can assure you: It is worth every second!
All the best!