Don't get me wrong, I am still very much in the improvement stage as it has been a long few years with various surgeries, treatment alterations, etc. but I believe I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
I am not the most patient individual and so I need to constantly remind myself that any step forward is progress no matter how fast we take that step. Fortunately I am in a place currently that has me seeing that progress and feeling really good about it! I am back to regular exercise, always a critical part of progress for me. My current medication regimen seems to be working adequately which means that stress is alleviated for now. Flares are manageable and not as intense or long lasting, also a blessing! Other issues often associated with RA seem to also be taking a break. All this adds up to me feeling pretty darn positive and content at the moment.
I find myself appreciating the simplest joys again. Walking my dog in the early morning light and seeing the beauty of the day starting to unfold and being able to truly embrace that moment is such a delight! Lingering on my back porch, listening to the birds and reading a great book are times I treasure! Sharing a nice dinner and a movie with my wonderful husband holds renewed joy and fun.