One of my favorite songs is "Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot. In it, there is a lyric that really resonates with me.
Sometimes I think it's a shame
When I get feeling better when I'm feeling no pain,
This lyric makes me think about how with my RA remission, I have little to no pain in my joints. This is thanks to the medications that I take, losing 53 pounds (less impact on the joints), and exercising on a regular basis. I am by no means cured. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis.
When I feel well, no pain or fatigue, I often forget that my body is attacking my joints and my organs all day, every day. I am running for the first time in a decade and a half. I never thought I would do that again in my lifetime. My RA doc says that I am her poster child for doing well with the disease.
The thing is, I don't want to forget that I have this disease, even when I am feeling well. It serves as a reminder of how far I have come with the disease. It reminds me to not take my remission for granted. It reminds me that I can do everything I am supposed to do to stay healthy and I can still get a flare. I want to remember that there is no rhyme or reason with this disease. It is what it is, pain or no pain.