- July 2010: miscarriage
- Fall 2010: pain, loss of mobility
- January 2011: dual RA/AS diagnosis
- February 2011: cane
- April 2011: mentor's death
- May 2011: loss of a friend
This was my timeline of pain at the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Misery doesn't cut such shallow lines of course, it sculpts cavernous ruins. Navigating the crevasse with only a sense of where you slid down makes coping with chronic illness an extreme sport.