Over a week ago I watched an amazing TV programme called Fabulous Fashionistas, following 6 women between the ages of 73 and 90, who were all stylish (in different ways). They shared a positive attitude and approach to life and enjoying it. As 75 year old Bridget said: “I don’t give a damn what people think about me or the way I dress. I dress for myself because I love style and design and colour.” And I wondered whether dancer and choreographer, Gillian Lynne, 87, had either hypermobility syndrome or Ehlers Danlos syndrome because she had such great flexibility, and is still working: “It’s all about having a purpose. And that’s why I think to retire is dangerous.” Her morning routine includes 40 minutes of stretching every day, which makes me resolve to keep going with my physiotherapy routine although my energy-levels are at an all-time low. I thought Daphne Selfe, an 85 year old model with striking, almost waist-length silver hair, summed everything up perfectly: “Enjoy it as much as you can. After all you don’t get a second chance.”
The fashonistas’ ‘joie de vivre’ shone through and it was an incredibly feel-good film. So feel-good that I’ve watched it again, as their energy and enthusiasm for life is inspirational. It’s been a tough few weeks as I’m still in limbo, waiting to start anti-TNF treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (Humira), so I need all the positivity I can get! I’m hopeful that once I find the right drug for me (hopefully this one), I’ll be able to embrace as many challenges as possible – starting with a 5k run.