Dragon Talks (Sept 2021)
By Dragon Paul Kett
co-facilitator of Dragon Talks
As usual, we have had a variety of Dragon Talks in the month of September. These meetings bring together folks from Australia and Canada, to talk, learn, and support each other in our journey of inflammatory disease, and especially rheumatoid arthritis and other related conditions.
A normal pattern for any month is to have three teaching/learning presentations, and one meeting set aside without programme; it is our “coffee hour”, when we chat and listen, share and support.
Last month’s Dragon Talks began with Susan’s story, a powerful and poignant presentation of Susan’s journey with arthritis, and related events in her life which contributed to her situation. We were moved by Susan’s emphasis on the invisibility of arthritis, and our common need to proclaim the invisible nature of this disease. Many who suffer from this condition are often discounted, and even side-lined, as they don’t always exhibit physical changes. Susan feels that it is high time that the debilitating nature of inflammatory disease, and RA in particular, is broadcast and recognized. I’m sure this will be a topic we will wish to revisit.
Jill Dunkley joined us again in our second meeting in September, leading us in a clear and understandable presentation on bone health, especially as it relates to osteoporosis. This is a timely topic as research has shown that people with rheumatoid arthritis are often susceptible to osteoporosis. Jill’s presentation included time for us to participate actively in some simple movements that helped to condition and strengthen bones needed for daily activity. Jill brings a gift of teaching that is both engaging and informative. You can learn more about Jill’s work and watch the actual presentation by reading the article on Bone Health elsewhere in this newsletter.
In our third meeting in September we enjoyed our monthly coffee hour, when we moved through a range of topics from the recent Canadian federal election, through ongoing COVID issues, climate change, and policies around production of pharmaceutical products in Australia. A little “something for everyone” might describe our enjoyable time together.
Our last meeting in September again allowed for us to take the lead as we were invited to a “show and tell” time, specifically sharing a favourite podcast, or music album, or book, or author with the group. All are welcome to join us Tuesday evenings for Canada, and Wednesday mornings for Australia. Charmaine or Paul can share the Zoom link with you.