I like carrying handbags on my forearm, with my elbow bent most of the time, but a bag with an option to also have a shoulder/ across body strap would always be great. What would be very very helpful is wide padded straps to disperse the weight better. And ones that aren't really slippery. Magnetic snaps for the main closure would be fantastic. Bags with more structure are easier and less tiring to dig through. Extra pockets are always nice. Pockets with elastic at the top to hold things in are usually painful to use.View Thread
I feel very much the same as you do. I am 25 now, my first symptom was when I was 19. All of my friends are able to do so much that I can't. I feel like when I'm out with them, that I'm holding them back when I have to take breaks or slow down. Many of my friends have kids or are pregnant and that makes me extremely jealous (I'm waiting because I am on methx which makes the chances of a birth defect greater). One thing that I both love and hate about this decease is that it is invisible. I like that people don't just see me as the decease but I get sick of explaining why I hurt or can't do certain things. And I get dirty looks when people think I am being lazy. My family even will 'forget' that I have it, so when I ask for help with something that is so easy to them, they say Well why don't you do it. And yet again I'm put in a place of having to explain it. One thing that has helped me tremendously with both the pain and jealousy is taking at least 1 break a day to just lay in bed or sit somewhere comfortable and quiet for 15-30min. During that time I just zone out and think about anything but the real world. It helps me feel rejuvenated and more calm, which keeps the jealousy at bay. During this last year I finally reached the point where I just decided to be done with the jealousy. Jealous thoughts still do cross my mind but I just make the conscious decision to push it aside. That was very hard at first but it is getting easier.View Thread
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