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September 2015

RA – I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis – Have You Ever Been Asked “Why Are You Always Sick” I Can’t Help It

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Do you always get this question from those around you “Why are you always sick”. It may come from your family, friends or co-workers or all of these .  No matter how hard we try to get understanding, in some instances we are losing this battle.  By that I mean, explaining what this disease does to us and how we have no control over it is something we should not have to explain or justify at any time in our lives. This only makes our struggle harder and our healing process tougher.

We are the ones that have the fight with rheumatoid arthritis and a fight it is.  We are the ones that pain overtakes and leads down a path of uncertainty.  Do you think we would change things if we could, of course we would.  Pain, fatigue, feeling ill and fever is part of our daily lives.  These facts are just touching the surface of what we face as there is so much more to this disease that can spoken about in a day. One day might be better than the other but for the most part, we experience at least some of the above symptoms daily.   When we’re asked why are we always sick, checkout what’s in our lives, what it is we have to deal with. Continue reading “RA – I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis – Have You Ever Been Asked “Why Are You Always Sick” I Can’t Help It”

RA – Has Rheumatoid Arthritis Stopped You and Taken Away – Slowed Down Your Dreams

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The Reality Is:  I’m sure before we were diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis we all had our dreams. Some of becoming a basketball player, doctor, college student, business owner, musician, nurse or to be a stay at home mom or dad or it could have been any number of things.  Maybe some of us were lucky enough to have already fulfilled our dreams. That is the beauty of life.

Then comes the dreaded diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.  I’m sure at first we had no idea what the implications of that meant.  Maybe we thought things wouldn’t be so bad, we really, really didn’t know. Of course we read up on it and thought we had an idea but not really. Though many of us was probably in a lot of pain already and had an inkling that something was wrong but we never thought it would be this. The reality, there it is Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Fast forward past the diagnosis to the medications that we have to take and the role they would play in our lives.  Not only do we have to deal with the disease, we now have to deal with the medications and the side effects that it may cause.  Oh boy, did you read those side effects?  Well most people don’t generally get those terrible ones but a few unlucky ones do.  All the same, there is a change in your life because not only does the disease take a toll on you but so does your medicine.  Now you find yourself sometimes sleeping your day away, sick in the bathroom, too fatigued to eat let alone get up to cook for the family.  A lot of the time you don’t want anyone or anything bothering you.  You wonder how can anything that makes you feel this bad be good for you.  You’re thinking to yourself should you even take this medicine but you know you have to so you go through this vicious cycle day after day, week after week or month after month whatever it takes to make the pain go away in hopes of getting a better chance at a quality life. But that’s only the first medication, there maybe more.  How many?  That is a number that only time will count. Continue reading “RA – Has Rheumatoid Arthritis Stopped You and Taken Away – Slowed Down Your Dreams”

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