By Lu Sobredo
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“I want you to travel. My role is to see that you’re safe.”—Adrian Sobredo
Indeed the 2016 summer travel in Spain and Portugal was a symbolic victory of sorts over a disease that I am told is my lifetime companion. A local doctor in my hometown specializing in RA confirmed the diagnosis. During the consultation visit in August 5, 2013, he said that my disease will become progressively worse and I will be bedridden and crippled in no time. He further stressed that I would have to face the difficult reality that I will be spending thousands of dollars for medications and by the way, THERE IS NO CURE. Without establishing a baseline data for my RA, unabashedly allusive in answering questions from my husband and me, this RA specialist wanted to begin drug treatment that very visit. Shaken by the news, and holding back the tears and a wail bubbling in the pit of my stomach, I managed to say, "Please prepare your report for my primary physician so I can discuss with him the next best course of action." Exiting the doctor’s clinic was the best thing my family ever did for my first step to taking back my life with this disease.
WHAT'S NEXT IN MY BLOG
Thank you in advance to friends and family and extended community for reading and following my Blog. I draw so much inspiration from many of you. Some of you are my caregivers in person, both spiritually and socially. Others of you are meeting me for the first time through this blog site. I am excited to welcome one and all and invite you to join in this journey through your comments, recommendations and some as invited guest writers. I look forward to mindful, compassionate and respectful truth telling.
Watch for essays in the next few weeks that cover the gamut from traveling abroad with disability, delicious eats on a budget, to must-see cities in Europe, focusing on Spain and Portugal at first, and MORE. I can't wait to explore what's meaningful about travel and what's difficult. Most importantly, I will share practical ways of managing, even transcending those difficulties and finding joy. Travel? Why not?
©Lu Sobredo, Written August 24, 2016. Guest Editor: Victoria Santos.