Four years ago, my doctor told me I had advanced degenerative osteoarthritis. I had an episode where the arthritis in my neck made it impossible to look up or side to side, During the next two years, my shoulder would suddenly scream and I could not hold a glass in my hands above my waist. For four months, my back pain prevented me from laying horizontal for more than 10 seconds. I slept sitting in a chair. I was on my second large bottle of Tylenol Arthritis, when I realized, I needed something stronger. A physical therapist at Mayo, two different exercise specialists at Dan Abrams, and two Mayo books on arthritis have changed the direction I was headed. For the last two years, I have been following an exercise routine 5 days a week which focuses on building strength, improving flexibility and some cardio. I haven’t had a Tylenol Arthritis in 6 months. The joint pain has not completely gone away. It’s like it’s in the closet, lurking and waiting to come out and ruin my day. I’m going to fight it. Today’s a weight training day and I’ll do some exercises from the Dan Abrams folks that focus on my core and flexibility. These exercises are not easy, it’s taken me over a year to be able to do some of them, I sweat when doing them, but I’ll sleep in bed tonight, I’ll look up and down and both ways before I cross the street, and tonight I’ll raise a glass of wine to my lips and toast my friends at Dan Abrams and Mayo.