Arctic Monkeys are one of those bands that should you have the opportunity to see them, you don't say no. I saw them the other night and they were up there with the best. I went with a group of friends and we were lucky enough to get standing tickets. I knew before I arrived that it was going to be painful. That I would be limping around struggling to walk. I was losing myself in hair raising moments to find myself clutching at my leg. I skipped the support act, I stayed to one side and avoided the epicentre of the crowd. I had a few drinks which, although left my leg feeling rough the next day, temporarily numbed the pain in my leg! These kind of gigs don't really offer any seats - unless of course, you book the seated options. But I haven't spent all that money, travelled all that way, to sit out of the action and watch my friends have a good time. Lymphoedema is painful and complicated but for me, sometimes it has to be pushed to one side. Spending my whole time risk assessing can take the joy out of life. Going to gigs and enjoying a few drinks is not for everyone, but finding the time to do what makes you happy should be - even if it means you'll be sore the next day. That's not always possible for people with chronic illnesses, but if you've got the urge sometimes you just have to go for it.
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