What makes you smile?
A former pro-baseball player asked me to send him my thoughts about his upcoming book, which tells of his struggles when Rheumatoid Arthritis ended his baseball career. The note written to me on his book’s dedication page thanking me “for being so involved in the RA community” made me smile. Receiving positive feedback or encouraging words from anyone in the Arthritis Community, whether a peer or a patient, always brings a smile to my face!
Describe a date night with your husband...
Because my spinal osteoarthritis pain and fatigue can occur rather quickly, my husband and I spend most “date nights” at home, playing guitars together or watching a favorite movie with our cats snuggled up beside us. When we do get out of the house, we usually drive straight to Mississippi State University to watch a football or basketball game, or travel to the nearest PGA Tour golf tournament to see our favorite pros play.
How do you relax?
When the weather is warm, I enjoy swimming laps during the early morning, followed by alone time “laying out” by the pool. Trips to the beach with my husband are my ultimate relaxing times. I also use yoga and tai chi as relaxation techniques to ease arthritis pain and inflammation, along with acupuncture sessions with my Holistic M.D., when needed. Using essential oils while listening to music also relaxes me after a busy day.
Describe your personal style...
Both classic and trendy styles appeal to me. If I could, I would spend most days in a comfy t-shirt paired with leggings or Nike shorts. I tend to dress with an occasion’s purpose in mind: a classic dress for church, a maxi dress for comfort, and trendy dresses when spending time with friends or my husband. A southern lady’s wardrobe is never complete without jewelry, but my favorite accessories will always be my shoes!