The day got off to a typical start today, not having time to thaw my hands out on arrival at the office I dashed straight into the conference room where the early morning meeting was being held.
There was a time a few years back when I used to spend the first 15 minutes or so of these meetings sitting on my hands, hoping that they would quickly change from the deathly white colour that they always assume when coming into the building from the cold outdoors, to a more 'normal' appearance. I don't know why I should be embarrassed to have other people see my hands like this, but I was. I'd just started a new job and didn't want to draw attention to myself. I lost count of the amount of times various people around the table would ask 'What on earth is the matter with your hands?'
These days I don't bother trying to hide my hands, I just try to explain that I suffer with Raynaud's and how it affects me. I still feel uncomfortable when people stare at my white fingers (particularly in the queue at the supermarket when I'm fumbling around trying to get hold of the right change after taking a bag of peas out of the freezer section!) but have decided it's better to try and educate people than have them remain in ignorance.
I don't think I've ever seen anyone with Raynaud's depicted on tv, but it would certainly help raise awareness if a character who suffers with the symptoms could be introduced to a soap or drama. I not talking about a major storyline, just something to make others aware that white fingers aren't 'abnormal'!