Arthritis I am grateful for arthritis Im a better person than before

first_img Peter Boyd Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 7:30 PM Jun 18th 2017, 7:30 PM Author living with arthritis Arthritis: ‘I am grateful for arthritis. I’m a better person than before my diagnosis’ I don’t wish my life had taken any other path and that’s the honest truth, writes Peter Boyd. 11 Comments By Peter Boyd Share282 Tweet Email8 https://jrnl.ie/3444012 LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS for the rest of my life is one thing. Accepting that I’ll never work again is quite another.If I manage my rheumatoid arthritis correctly I potentially have 40 years of contributing in the workplace ahead of me. If I’m passive and leave the arthritis in control I could have 40 years of benefits and disability payments.Even doing the right thing and fighting arthritis with all my energy, what little I have these days, is no guarantee I’ll be able to work again but I’ve got to try. The only thing that is certain in the crazy, changed, unplanned for, painful, tiring, exhausting, soul destroying, exciting, medicated, drowsy, financially insecure arthritis world is that I’ll fight it.I’m seven years into my journey. I’m the man who spoke on behalf of Arthritis Ireland recently and said: “I stand before you 33 years old, grateful for the day I got arthritis.”Being diagnosedThat’s skipping past a few chapters in my story, let me fill in the gaps.In 2011, I was working as a full-time barman. On a quiet evening after a rugby match I began chatting to two regulars over the taps. Then I fell asleep.Mid-conversation, mid-pub, mid-shift, I fell asleep. This was the final straw in work. I couldn’t get bottles from the bottom shelf, carry a crate of beer, change kegs, stand for my entire shift or take deliveries. I was no longer a barman. I sat down with the bosses and took two weeks holiday. I never went back to work.I lost my job and my financial security but had a mortgage to pay. I had appointments with every specialist in the hospital because RA is an auto-immune condition and the inflammation affected my whole body and every system in it.Saying no to going out with my friends led them to stop asking. With no job, no money, lots of pain and overwhelming fatigue I lost my self-confidence and self-worth. Once they went, I stopped wanting to go out at all, saw no point in minding myself.The inevitable depressionDepression was almost inevitable some might say. I fell into a deep, ongoing, depression that I continue to battle with every day. I’ve had awful days when it all seemed too much. If I’m honest, I still do.My turnaround has been a huge success though and I’ve done a lot of hard work to make it so. The impetus came from my family and Arthritis Ireland however.My family have always provided the perfect blend of support and tough love, depending on the circumstance. When I needed a kick I got it but when I needed to be coaxed and cajoled I got that too.Meeting people in the same boat as me opened doors I never knew existed when I did my Leisure Management Degree, worked as a barman and acted like the selfish person I was.Arthritis Ireland introduced me to children, teenagers and adults of all ages living with their form of arthritis. I did the self-management course, trained to be on the helpline and, in helping others, I boosted myself. I’m now on the Board of Directors of Arthritis Ireland.I’m a better person nowI’ve learnt skills I wouldn’t have done without arthritis. Two years ago, my confidence had been restored enough to go back into the classroom. I’ve finished studying in Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute and have a Higher Certificate in my pocket.It was vital I retrained. Arthritis Ireland, my family and my friends helped rebuild my confidence to a point where I could upskill and find a new career path.So while it’s awful, I’m in more pain than ever and I hate having to inject myself every week, I am grateful for arthritis.I’m a better person than I was before my diagnosis and I’ve learnt so many things. I’m now an intern with Cricket Ireland at one of the most exciting, and potentially historic, times for the game in this country.I don’t wish my life had taken any other path and that’s the honest truth.Peter Boyd, the second of four siblings, lives in Balbriggan, North County Dublin. Though not as active as he used to be, he is still passionate about watching live sport as much as possible. He also has huge interest in history and writing, and is a published author, having self-published his first novel in 2016. The RA NarRAtive patient survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Pfizer via an online survey that was distributed by local patient advocacy groups (PAGs) between March 20 – April 6, 2017 among 211 adults, ages 18+, who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Ireland. Arthritis Ireland is Ireland’s only organisation working to provide information and support for people with arthritis. For more information on Arthritis Ireland visit www.arthritis.ie.‘Some parents have to open the coffin every two hours to put in ice-packs so remains stay cool’>Column: ‘It’s not fair to ask the public to subsidise uneconomic wind farms’> Short URL 979 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Sky Sports News presenter who covered Ireland football internationals passes away aged

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Subscribe Short URL Robertson passed away on Wednesday. 95,223 Views “Sorry to hear the news of the passing of Fraser Robertson,” Given tweeted.“Did lots of interviews with him over the years (Great man). Way to young to pass, thoughts and prayers with his family and friends.”David Jones, who currently presents with the network, added: “So sad to have lost Fraser Robertson so young.“A journalist always committed to the cause, digging and eager to get the stories. Full of energy off camera too and on the golf course. Thoughts with his family at a terrible time.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: https://the42.ie/4552859 Share135 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 7:02 PMcenter_img Mar 20th 2019, 7:02 PM Sky Sports News presenter who covered Ireland football internationals passes away aged 47 Fraser Robertson was known for his coverage of Ireland international football games in recent years. SKY SPORTS NEWS presenter Fraser Robertson has died at the age of 47.The Scottish journalist is remembered fondly for his coverage of Republic of Ireland international games throughout recent years.Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, who’s tenure in charge of the national team Robertson covered, paid tribute on Wednesday.“It’s very sad. I really feel for his family,” McCarthy said.“He was a great lad, I used to laugh with him because he used to always end his reports with that ‘Sky Sports News’ line. I always repeated it to him any time I saw him.“Its just very, very sad and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”Gutted we have lost Fraser Robertson at such a young age. A journalist with integrity, enthusiasm and who cared passionately about @SkySportsNews. Rest in peace, Fraser, you were an inspiration. pic.twitter.com/HL6iblbh6F— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) March 20, 2019 By Aaron Gallagher 7 Comments Robertson passed away on Wednesday. Former Sky Sports presenter David Tanner also remembered his friend on Wednesday, saying: “I’m heartbroken that Fraser Robertson, my oldest pal in journalism, has died.“We met at Napier Uni as kids and grew up together at STV & Sky. He’s always been there, always wearing that big grin.“A fine journalist with an eye for a story, never happier than when offering help to teammates: generously sharing his time, vast knowledge and ideas.“Fraz loved sport and TV, working in both gave him structure in life, especially after his comeback from major illness.“We’ve lost a lovely man. I can’t believe he’s gone and I’m so terribly sad for his family.”Former Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, who represented the national team between 1996 and 2016 also paid his respects.I’m heartbroken that Fraser Robertson, my oldest pal in journalism, has died.We met at Napier Uni as kids and grew up together at STV & Sky.He’s always been there, always wearing that big grin.A fine journalist with an eye for a story, never happier than when offering help… pic.twitter.com/U5gGZKgqGN— David Tanner (@DavidTannerTV) March 20, 2019last_img read more

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