161 | P a g e 13. TONG 2012 : striving for normality – Resourcefulness Although I cannot join in with some things, I try and find other things that I can join in with. This means that I have to plan things like when to take pain medication. I really want to do things that my peers can do, like shopping. This makes me feel more normal and more confident. I realise that this might have an impact on my career choices. JUVENILE IDIOPATHIC ARTHRITIS 14. TONG 2012 : striving for normality - Mastery over body I refuse to let pain limit what I can do and my opportunities. I push myself beyond my physical limitations to do what my friends do. I just have to endure during the day. JUVENILE IDIOPATHIC ARTHRITIS 15. TONG 2012 : striving for normality - Preserving social identity I won’t be labelled as sick or disabled and don’t want sympathy. My friends might think that they can catch it and I am afraid that they won’t want to be near me. I keep it a secret. JUVENILE IDIOPATHIC ARTHRITIS 16. TONG 2012 : Suspension in uncertainty - Control versus powerlessness I cannot predict my pain. I am trapped in a perpetual limbo. At one moment I am in control and next I am overwhelmed by intense pain. JUVENILE IDIOPATHIC ARTHRITIS
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