I Want to Embrace Winter, Even with Sarcoidosis

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by Kate Spencer |

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I previously wrote about the challenge of living with sarcoidosis during the four seasons. Each season has its difficulties. Yet I can’t imagine living without the change in weather. I enjoy each season for what it has to offer.

We’re well into winter in the Northeast. The cold, wind, and precipitation can tax my respiratory system and the damp air can exacerbate my joint pain. Plus, darker, shorter days can dampen anyone’s mood. But I’m determined to embrace winter this year. I’m also determined to find activities to help me through this cold, dark time in the best way possible.

I mentioned last week that any resolutions I make this year will be about having fun. Laughing more, lightening up, and experiencing more joy are all at the top of my list. In keeping with this goal, I have put several winter-themed movies on my watch list, including “Ice Age,” “Snow Dogs,” and “Happy Feet.” Children’s movies are not my typical film of choice. But I’m determined to watch them anyway and have a good laugh.

My husband and I live just minutes away from a ski resort. The resort offers a variety of winter activities, including downhill and cross-country skiing, snow tubing, and snowboarding. We didn’t participate in these activities before my diagnosis. I certainly wouldn’t be up for them now. But there’s nothing like heading up to the mountain on a wintery day — sitting by the fire, enjoying a hot beverage, and admiring the view. We have enjoyed that in the past. I hope to go on similar trips this winter.

Friends have encouraged me to check out books that revolve around winter, such as “Peace Like a River,” “Spinning Silver,” and “Dog Driven.” I hope to get through at least one or two of these titles this season.

There’s always creative work to keep me busy, especially my knitting. Winter is the perfect time of year to whip up a scarf while sitting by the fireplace and staying out of the elements.

Finally, a nearby resort offers a dog-sledding experience. I’m not sure how or even if I’ll be able to participate, considering the cold weather, the wind, and my equilibrium challenges. But dog-sledding is on my bucket list. At the very least, I’d love to observe as a bystander and see the dogs up close and in action.

I may not be able to ward off health-related setbacks by changing my approach to winter. But it can’t hurt to try and enjoy the season to the fullest.


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