This is one of the writing prompts for the WEGO Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge. This challenge is to write a haiku about your health focus (or more than one). I decided to give it a stab, and here was my first attempt:
Not just Arthritis.
Disease, if you please.
I’ve been slowly moving away from using “Rheumatoid Arthritis” to name my disease- folks get too hung up on the “arthritis” part, since it is more familiar, but they don’t understand that it is only a symptom of the disease. This is a slow transition, but I’m getting to the point of using RA and RAD interchangeably.
Medical terms are so lengthy, however, that it makes it hard to work up a good haiku, so I tried one with abbreviations for more flexibility:
RA in fingers,
Hips, hands, and both my shoulders,
But not in my heart.
A reminder to myself (and maybe others) that RA impacts my body, but I’m still the same person inside. (Sadly, RA can impact the heart by forming nodules, and heart disease is one of the top three killers of those with RA.)
And one last- this one “feels” like a true haiku to me:
I pick up all things
with both hands, as everything
is frail and precious.
Not as obviously about my disease, but maybe that’s why I like it so much.