There must be a few amongst you who, like me, saw the programme earlier this evening about this year's RHS flower show at the Royal Hospital London. If so, you will have seen that there is a garden dedicated to the journey of emotions people go through after being diagnosed with arthritis.
For those who didn't see it, the chap (drat, I didn't catch his name) who designed the garden has had arthritis for over 20yrs. He said he refused to believe the diagnosis at first and so he wasn't treated for some time. Eventually, he accepted that it was a fact in his life and now he has put a garden design together which best describes his own journey through the years of coping with arthritis.
There is a light beautiful area which he said represents the time of acceptance after believing that life held nothing for him anymore and then finally being able to see a way forward.
Alan Titchmarsh asked him about arthritis and the gardener explained that there are lots of different types of arthritis, but didn't mention which one he has. He did explain that he has great difficulty just pushing a wheelbarrow and that at times the pain in his ankles is so bad that it actually feels like he has broken some bones in his feet.
There are I'm sure, many of us who can identify with that feeling !!
How great though, to have a spotlight on arthritis at the RHS Flower show this year through this gardeners awesome efforts
All good thoughts and wishes to you all. June xxx