Respecting Treatment Choices
As if having our lives altered by psoriatic arthritis wasn’t bad enough, we also face harsh judgment from those who don’t approve of how we treat our conditions. Most shocking is that the people who are often the most judgmental are those who also suffer from a painful chronic condition. People who opt for pharmaceutical treatment often criticize those who treat their condition naturally - and vice versa. Even if there was a cure for psoriatic arthritis, there is no reason to shame or belittle how someone chooses to medicate.
Respect treatment decisions
Nobody should ever feel pressured to treat their conditions in a manner that they are not comfortable with. Nor should anyone bully someone just because they don’t agree with how they medicate. Instead, we need to respect each other’s choices even if we don’t agree. Just because I don’t choose to medicate with pharmaceutical medications doesn’t mean that I think that my way is the only way. Treating my conditions naturally doesn’t make me anti-medicine. In my case, the negative side-effects from prescriptions outweighed any good that they did. But just because they made me sicker doesn’t mean that I think people who do medicate in that manner are crazy.
Support one another
Every patient is different. We look different, we have different personalities, and our bodies have different reactions to medications. Most importantly, the decision of how to medicate lies solely with the person fighting the disease. So instead of judging someone for medicating differently, you should be thankful we have the freedom to make different choices. It’s okay to share what medications or methods work best for you, just don’t be pushy or put down other people’s choices. If more of us would listen to each other instead of trying to push our choices on others, we could learn a lot from each other. I have no need or desire to defend my choices, but I will gladly explain why medicate in the manner that I do with someone who is genuinely interested. Our lives are tough enough; let’s not make them more painful than they need to be.
How do you plan to recognize PsA Awareness Month?