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The last time I had an RA crisis this tough was in Belgium: Grateful mindful of the pain

Dear all, am in bed and dreading movement other than the barest minimum. Will be taking an anti-inflammatory to supplement the natural therapy am on (been taking ginger, garlic, turmeric, lemon and honey in warm water). Also have a cold and maybe all that mix and stress of last few weeks just made my articulations cry fowl – I think Calcium supplements will help especially with the all the acidity am getting from the lemon and ginger.

The last time any crisis this tough or even tougher, was in Belgium 2014. I even had to go for physiotherapy.

Yesterday I did go to work but by 4pm started feeling like I was in a real ‘shith…’. I called my Guardian Angel to the rescue because I couldn’t even walk, see well, even speech which was returning good started to dwindle again, with clogged nostrils poor me.

Am grateful for my boys. David the second came and picked up from the road and helped me limp home (a painful distance of say 10 mins from the main road, down hill – so we braved this in 20 mins with 3 breaks for air). Alain the first massaged my knee caps and legs, Gaby the last slept with me to be the Arch Angel he is.

So here we go again, on the eve of my birthday, Rheumatoid Arthritis sends a present. I wouldn’t reject, I will embrace the day home and note lessons from the pain. My mind also needs the rest definitely.

Thank you all – still grateful I can type



Marie Angele Abanga (simplified to Marie Abanga) aka MAG likes to describe herself as a “Jacqueline of several trades”. She is an everyday woman and mother with a zigzag profile. Let’s give it a try! She is an Activist, an Author, a Coach, a Consultant, a Feminist, a Lawyer, a Lecturer, a Prince 2 Project Manager, a Psychotherapist, a Philanthropist, a minister of the Word of God and...! She just loves to sum it up by saying she is a person of passions and a tale of talents. Her life’s journey has filled over 6 books already and her three musketeers keep her busy at home. MAG is also the founder and CEO of the association Hope for the Abused and Battered, and the Country Director of the Gabriel Bebonbechem Foundation for Epilepsy & Mental wellbeing. The plethora of life's experiences and shenanigans she has lived through and learned from in near 4 decades of existence, have equipped her with such an arsenal to coach, train and motivate just any and everyone. She is so charismatic, dynamic and full of life, going by her designed mantra of 3Ds: Determination; Discipline and Dedication. These sum her+her quest to be the best version of herself and impact others perfectly. She attributes all her wealth of knowledge to her conscientious attendance of both informal and formal school.

11 thoughts on “The last time I had an RA crisis this tough was in Belgium: Grateful mindful of the pain

  1. So sorry to read this today. Anti inflammatories make absolute sense in the situation you described to complement the nutritional supports you discuss. Tough to “spin” this in a positive light, but I’ll try anyway…

    Experiencing the pain of RA is certainly unpleasant to a large degree; on the flip side, experiencing pain reinforces an awareness that life continues to flow within the body…an energy source capable removing other sources of pain so your body can heal the current source of imbalance.

    The concept, “this too shall pass” may add a slight source of comfort as well. There are too many things in life that still need completion for Marie to be held back for any significant quantity of time!!

    Feel better and remember to kiss those children that love you so much!

    1. Oh doc, what a hollistic comment.

      I so love it and had a good laugh at the line of ‘too many things…’ I mean top of those is my birthday tomorrow and the outing Fun Centre for bowling we have been saving for since September 2017. Indeed they just begged I stay home again tomorrow until outing time lol.

      Yes, am listening to my body more and more with patience and love.
      I actually do feel better already.

      Thanks so much for all Doc

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