Our Hands Can Community Stories: November 2014 – Thankful


Gratitude. Every November (and October in Canada), we all pay a little more attention to what we are thankful for. It makes you feel better to realize those small moments of quiet joy. In November, the Show Us Your Hands! Picture Project asked the inflammatory arthritis community “What are you thankful for?” We got lots of wonderful submissions.

Tia Maria showed us an impressive bruise, saying “I'm thankful for this bruised hand because it signifies finally getting my Remicade infusion and hopefully feeling this flare slip away soon.” Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful perspective with us!


Several people in the community are thankful for their pets. Among them were Trisha and her “cuddle buddy, Chuck … He loves me so much.” We all agree that he has a wonderful face! Jill was thankful for her cat, who in the true (and kind of endearing) spirit of all cats, turned its head just when the camera went off.


 
Christina submitted her photo on Twitter, saying she was “feeling thankful this weekend cooking with arthritis.” We don’t know what you were cooking, Christina, but it looks good!


Kathleen got a manicure and was “grateful to the lady who made my nails look nice … Little things mean a lot.” Your hands look beautiful, Kathleen!


Can someone please do a drumroll? It’s time to announce our winner! Congratulations to Ruby for this great photo. Her caption was “When I was struggling to get a diagnosis in the early days one of the things I stopped being able to do was play video games. Specifically guitar on guitar hero and drums on rock band. I’m so thankful that 7 years after my symptoms started I'm playing a little guitar hero here & there.”


You're the lucky winner of a signed copy of Why Does Mommy Hurt?: Helping Children Cope with the Challenges of Having a Caregiver with Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, or Autoimmune Disease by Elizabeth M Christy. Contact us at infoATsuyhDOTorg with your mailing address and we’ll get the book to you before the holidays!

Do you want to be part of the Picture Project in December? Our theme is The Holidays. Take a photo of your hands doing something related to how you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or anything else, then post it on the Show Us Your Hands! Facebook page or on Twitter and tag your post with @showusyourhands. Submit as many photos as you’d like.

The December prize is a copy of Lene Andersen’s new 2015 The Seated View calendar.

Just a reminder: by submitting a photo, you give Show Us Your Hands! permission to use the photo and your name in our community programs, such as the monthly Our Hands Can! Community Stories.
   

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