“What would you like to drink?” My sister-in-law asks with a huge loving smile. A smile that says you can have anything you want, just ask for it.

“Can I have Coke?” I smile back with a mischievous grin.

“Oh, hmm… I’m sorry Sug, I can’t, soda isn’t good for your arthritis.” She pouts.

“Kay, hmm… milks fine.” I look down at my swollen wrist.

Being eleven years old, and having a slice of pizza in one hand and no soda in the other kind of ruins the pizza. It took me years to get used to not drinking soda. Till this day the simple sizzling sound of soda makes my taste buds dance, and sometimes I cheat and chug down a can.

The drink I hate to love.

But is soda really bad for arthritis?

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