On Being 80

Hi. My name is Cady, and I have arthritis and cataracts.

Oh, yeah, and I’m only 31 years old. I’ve always said that I’m an 31-year-old trapped in an 80-year-old’s body, and now I’m feeling it more than ever. As you all probably know, I have rheumatoid arthritis. I was diagnosed when I was 20, and I’m on a cocktail of meds to help keep it under control. And, because of my arthritis, I get to go take water aerobics classes at the senior aquatic center — as in senior CITIZEN aquatic center. Sigh.

Last Friday, I had my annual eye exam, and, since it was my first time seeing this optometrist, I told him that I had been told last year that I had cataracts. He told me that was highly unlikely given my age but, when he looked at my eyes, he confirmed that I do indeed have cataracts. Right now because of them, I’m barely seeing 20/20 with correction. He told me that if it gets to the point of seeing 20/30 or worse with correction, I’ll be looking at cataract surgery. Seriously. At 31 years old. Oh yeah…and guess what caused my cataracts — my arthritis meds!

See? I’m a freaking 80-year-old. I hate to think of what will happen next.

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Hi! I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to a beautiful and active (to put it lightly) kiddo, and fur-mom to 3 crazy cats. I’m a former journalist. I quit my full time job two years ago. Now, I am a freelance writer and a virtual assistant for several bloggers!


  1. heidikins says:

    Perhaps allow yourself 81 cupcakes on your next birthday? Will that help? No? Ok, well, I tried.

    (Also? I’m sorry hon, that sucks.)


  2. Provailen says:

    I’m really sorry to hear that you have arthritis. However, the thing is that not only adults get arthritis, even children do have it!

    Really hope you will find the best solution for dealing with your arthritis symptoms!

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