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Five minute Friday is hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker.  The concept is simple: each week she decides on a topic or word and you write for 5 minutes with no editing, no proof-reading, nothing. Five minutes of just letting the words flow. 

The topic or word for this week: “Fight” 

When I first looked at this word, many thoughts came to my mind. I “fight” so many things each and every day. I deal with fighting kids. I fight with the puppy who constantly finds “puppy treasure” to run off with. The thing that I fight each and every day for the past year is Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. 

I never in my life thought I would have to fight each day to make it through. To be able to just “move”. Since January of 2013, I have been dealing with the pain and fatigue that accompanies auto immune disease. I have fought with different medications, side effects of the medications, and the fear that accompanies the unknown. Each day, I fight to have a day where the pain doesn’t keep me from doing what I want to do, experiencing what I want to experience. Some days I win, some days I don’t. 

At times I wish I could go back and change this situation – make it all go away. Then I get a small gift that shows me the positive of my situation. On New Years Eve, my daughter was filling out a sheet about her year. One question, “What was the best thing of 2013”. Her response? “Having my Mom home with me”. That made the fight that I go through every day worth it!