Aren’t you amazed at the explosion of online activity related to Rheumatoid Arthritis? Of course the spammers have caught on, too. But in just the last few months, the number of genuine RA blogs has mushroomed. Every search I run turns up something new.
But it’s not just numbers. There has been a change on another level, too. You can hear fresh energy in addition to hearing new voices.
Our movement is not unified by any organization. There is not one single message, but many distinct topics and styles. So what is it that gives Rheumatoid Arthritis patients a sense of cohesiveness?
I believe that there is a noble goal, a thread which ties us all together. It is this passionate cry: We will be heard.
We have all decided that we must be heard.
This interest is no fad or hobby like so many blogs. For us, this is about our lives. We do not write or network as a mere diversion. We are putting our hoarse voices together so that we can be heard. Period.
I want to be the first to forcefully state that no matter how many there are with this message, there are not too many. Every day that this field is expanding, we are closer to an understanding of this complicated disease and then a cure. Every clear and honest voice is a contribution to that goal.
Rheumatoid Arthritis has been called an invisible illness. Our world is different from the non-RA world. And sometimes they are not even sure RA is real. What do they understand about our reality?
It is as if we are in a world like the one which Horton saved on the pink clover. I want to be like Horton, my favorite elephant. I want to encourage every voice to speak up until we are heard and the world of Rheumatoid Arthritis is truly recognized as Whoville was in the end. Each of our voices is needed.
Like the Mayor said in the story: “We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts! So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!”