I just came across this poem on RA Warrior’s facebook page and had to share. It is beautiful and describes RA and many other diseases in a way that I have never been able to. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I bend but I do not break.
I crack but I am not in pieces.
I may be bruised but I am not damaged.
I am shaken but I am not shattered.
I can be wounded but I cannot be destroyed.
I can be hurt, but I will heal.
I may cry tears but tears will not dissolve me.
I can stumble but I will rise.
I may sit down in acceptance but I will stand up in action.
I can be hurt but I will heal.
I may be… very discouraged but I will become very determined.
I am not broken.
I’ve been bent, but life has bent me.
I am bending, but I am choosing to bend.
As I am bending, I am strengthening and mending.
I am still alive and standing.
Death is final, but life is everything that has bent me but does not break me.