What is someone in pain “supposed” to look like?
Apparently, some people who know me find it hard to believe my pain can be pulling-my-hair, biting-my-finger-in-agony kind of pain when I’m still wearing all my jewelry. And it’s a lot – bracelets, nine rings, earrings, anklet.
But guess what?
“Yes, You Can Wear Jewelry and Be in Pain at the Same Time.”
That is the title of my recently published essay. Click here to be re-directed to The Mighty to read it in its entirety.
One of my bad habits is collecting paper – articles, advertisements, clippings. I cut them out, sometimes tear them out, and stash them away – in folders, in a wicker basket on the shelf under my coffee table, in an accordion folder.
One of my projects in recent weeks has been to sort through these papers, to re-read the articles and decide if I want to keep them or recycle them.
That’s how I came upon this ad for Pandora jewelry.
On eight of my ten fingers, I wear nine rings. And while only one of my rings is a Pandora ring, I love the ad.
Because my rings are an extension of my personality.
To quote the ad:
“Your rings aren’t just rings. They’re a punch of style. A bold expression of you-ness.”
Which is why it was devastating when I could no longer wear my rings.
You can click here to read a personal essay (“How My Identity Has Been Affected by the Changes in My Hands Due to Illness”) I wrote a few years ago. My autoimmune disease may manifest itself as pain and weakness in my legs, but that doesn’t mean my hands, and my rings, haven’t also been affected.
Readers, I’m curious. Do you wear any jewelry that you consider to be an “expression of you-ness”? Feel free to share in the comments section.