Antzdoodles for Pyjama People #13: Therapy of a different kind


Therapy of a different kind

Everyone needs a break from work, and I am no different.

Except, my break was from all the different therapies I’d tried for my RA.

A summer in Europe was all I was dreaming of- visiting friends at different places, seeing art, and just walking around. London, Venice, Berlin- all in my itinerary. It was a great plan, except for one tiny detail- I had aching joints, remember?
Who plans a holiday like this when they can’t even lift their wrist to eat, or get their feet off the bed?! And who books a non-refundable ticket for something so unpredictable?
Me. That’s who.



And I don’t just stop there- I actually go to The Venice Biennale. Now, art biennials are huge exciting places, a sensory overload for most normal people. You are so taken in by the art, that 7 to 8 hours on your feet, dotted with intermittent glasses of wine seem like a very rational thing to do. Throw in conversations with old friends… I forgot about my joints all together, gave in to the frenzy, and became a normal person for that day. As we were being ushered out at closing time, everyone was complaining about aching feet, so my limp really didn’t seem out of place.
But come the next morning, and I was staring at an unwanted destination in my travel plans- my ankle was the size of the Alps!! I barely made it to Berlin on a wheelchair, and pretty much collapsed for the next couple of days after reaching. But hell! I was smiling. Smiling like never before. I was inspired and happy, and above all- so, so proud of myself for doing this: For not letting RA get in the middle of my dreams. I realised on that trip that if I really wanted something, I had the power to make it happen, and that felt awesome. And somewhere on the flight back to India, I realised that I hadn’t stopped my therapy after all- it just came in different forms: Art, laughing with friends, and experiences that only new places can offer. Therapy for my heart, mind, and soul that gave me a renewed energy to face any obstacle. Sorry RA- you can’t keep me home!


Antima Nahar
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Antima Nahar is a graphic designer and illustrator who works under the name AntzDoodles. She ran a boutique design studio Antsatwork till she had to go on sabbatical after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. While focusing on her health is paramount to Antz, creating art is who she is. Follow her illustrated adventures on her weekly #AntzDoodlesForPyjamaPeople posts and on her instagram @antzdoodles

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