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Out of Joint: a review

I finished my papers finally and, while I’m not super happy with them, I think they will do. But that left me with some free time yesterday. I know, weird right? So I picked up a book that my boyfriend checked out of the library – “Out of Joint: A Private and Public Story of Arthritis” by Mary Felstiner.

For the first time in years, I picked up a book and devoured it. Somehow I think it was because some of it was so familiar.

It’s a great book, but I found it really difficult to relate to… because much of the book centered around how things changed for Mary and how she missed her life before RA… And I don’t have that.

When I remember, I seldom remember pain – or, if I do, it is a lot less intense, I’m sure, than it actually was at the time. But that is all that I remember really. How many people have lots of memories from before kindergarten anyway?

Her book is good, and definitely worth a read – especially for our significant others. I’m really excited for when my boyfriend gets to that book, because I think it’ll help him understand me a little better – how I don’t like to talk about my arthritis, how I can still be so worried and trying to help others despite my own condition, and many of my fears.

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  1. I really enjoyed this book – my instance was somewhat different, as I read it (literally!) just days before I received my RA diagnosis…many years ago. I've since gone back and re-read it many times, and this book had such a different impact(positive, of course) each time I read it. Thanks for sharing your review!

  2. Wow, thanks! I read your blog a ton, and it's wonderful to see that you've popped over here. I'm feeling inspired by Mary to look into writing my own book too, so we'll see what happens with that.

  3. Forward the Dragon Tamer goes never diverting from the great task before her. First tame the dragon to learn its weakness then one day, perhaps soon, we will deliver the blow that will destroy the dragon and free us all. Wonderful work my friend. An inspiration to us all.

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