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When I was first experiencing joint issues in my knees, I found that I could no longer drive my manual car. It affected my mobility and independence, but I wasn’t too concerned as it was thought that I had a work injury. You recover from that – right? Wrong!!!

 It came as a shock to me when I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis (OA). I was told that this was a degenerative disease. There is no cure. I resisted the diagnosis and hung on to my belief that I could improve my condition. I fully believed that I would be able to get back into my beloved new car and drive again. I was going through the Shock ~ Anger ~ Resistance ~Acceptance ~ Hope (SARAH) cycle of emotions. This is a common cycle for people experiencing a life change, be it health, work, family dynamics, relationships etc…. The doctor explained that I must have had the OA for years, but didn’t know it. Now that I was no longer asymptomatic with the disease, there was no going back. I was going to have to learn how to live with it – no turning back allowed! 

It didn’t help that my car was new (second hand – but new to me.) It was my pride and joy. I had bought it for myself as my 50th birthday present, it was the first time I made a decision based on what I wanted – not what was practical as a family car. It  had been in my life for only 5 months prior to being unable to drive it 🙂

So this is my story. Read on……

Follow my progress of acceptance

as I ditched my much loved car, for an arthritis-friendly one.....

..... and deciding to plan a 12.5 hour road trip

From Brisbane to Airlie Beach
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Dear Diary: Road Trip Series #1 Driving with Arthritis

Dear Diary: Road Trip Series #1 Driving with Arthritis

Driving with arthritis – how I went from being unable to drive for 12 months to purchasing an arthritis friendly car.

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16 July 2020
17 July 2020
Self care kit for your car

Self care kit for your car

A self care kit for the car is an essential part of any planned road trip for someone who suffers from joint pain. This is what I pack.

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Brisbane to Bargara – Day 1

Brisbane to Bargara – Day 1

Brisbane to Bargara. A road trip, driving with arthritis. Places to visit, eat and stay along the way,. Dear Diary.

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22 July 2020
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Bargara to Rockhampton – Day 2

Bargara to Rockhampton – Day 2

Bargara to Rockhampton. A road trip, driving with arthritis. Places to visit, eat and stay along the way,. Dear Diary.

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Rockhampton to Airlie Beach – Day 3

Rockhampton to Airlie Beach – Day 3

Rockhampton to Airlie Beach. A road trip, driving with arthritis. Places to visit, eat and stay along the way,. Dear Diary.

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22 July 2020
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