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May 2016

RA – Having Rheumatoid Arthritis-What’s Your Biggest Struggle

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PAIN, FATIGUE, MISUNDERSTANDING, MEDICATION, SLEEPLESSNESS, DEPRESSION AND GUILT

Rheumatoid Arthritis, our fight for life. If you had to choose what is worse for you having Rheumatoid Arthritis, what would it be?  I know there is so much for us to choose from but what exactly frustrates you to no end that makes dealing with this disease so much harder than you thought it could be or is it everything all wrapped up in one. Continue reading “RA – Having Rheumatoid Arthritis-What’s Your Biggest Struggle”

RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis And Our Revolving World Of Medications

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MEDICATIONS

Having Rheumatoid Arthritis is such a tough struggle but trying to control it is just as tough.  Medication is our fix; which one is the hundred thousand dollar question.  Getting it right is as difficult as figuring out what will happen next with this disease.  Welcome to our world of “the revolving medication cycle”.  A walk that goes hand in hand with our disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis. Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis And Our Revolving World Of Medications”

SURVIVAL

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SURVIVAL

Survival: the state or fact of continuing to live or exist in spite of difficult circumstances.  I’m sure that definition describes each and everyone of us at some point and time in our lives and I would say most likely more than a hand full of times.  How did you do it?

We’ve learned the art of survival as we’ve grown with life. But even as a child we had the instinct to know what to do in situations to make it. Each of us has our own built-in survival skills and it is with these that we have learned to take on life in some of our most difficult times.  These times may include making a way for your family out of no way, making it through a personal family crisis, getting yourself out of a dangerous situation or just making it through life daily if you have been unfortunate enough to have a chronic disease.  You see this is an ongoing daily struggle to survive. One that takes all of the skills that we have both physically and mentally.

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I can tell you this disease can definitely get the best of you and make your day one that you think you won’t make it through.  This is something that each of us with a chronic disease face.  Fighting the battle to survive through the pain, fatigue and medications that can put you off your feet is truly a test of survival.  It is at this point that you reach deep to pull yourself up and gather that inner strength to carry on.  When life takes you in an unexpected direction filled with toll and strife, we reach for the most important source of survival and that is God.  Through him we gather faith, strength, comfort and knowledge when it seems there’s no way out or no way around any situation that may come your way.  Survival teaches you wisdom and it makes you strong and without it, life will pass you by.

Survival, our instinct to carry on and it comes in all forms.

Blessings

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RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis After Our Diagnosis

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DIAGNOSIS-LEARNING OUR TRUTHS

Did you think your life would turn out this way? Did you think you would lose so much of yourself or did you realize just how truly devastating this disease was or could be when you were first diagnosed with, Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Our lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis, so much more than we ever expected it to be. Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis After Our Diagnosis”

SHADOW

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A SHADOW, we all have one but you see a shadow can have many meanings.

Here are a few meanings we can ponder:  Those that run along with us as a child while playing, those that we watched as we walk along with the ones we love, the one that might have frightened us in the moonlight while going on our way, the shadow of the person we would never want to become and the shadow of someone else we should never allow ourselves to walk in.  Whatever it maybe, it has a significant impact on us in some form or fashion, after all it is ours.

You see, it is up to us what we chose to make of that shadow.  I would say let it always be something that will hold special memories, bring a smile to your face or keep you motivated and if it scares you in the moonlight, look back at it as one of the fun times you  had.  A shadow does not have to carry with it that dark image of you shown in time after all it is what we make it.

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HOPE

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CURE FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Hope, a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.  This is the life we all should live, one that is filled with hope.  Without it, where would our wonderful dreams for our futures be.

Hope is a powerful thing and it is something that has no limit.  It is a treasure to have something that no one can take from you even though some may try.  It allows us to seek what we thought was impossible and it is what gives us the ability to push forward when we are burden with tough times.  Hope is something that is deep in your heart and mind that leads you when all else has failed.  It is what makes our hardest steps the easiest to take, also it lifts that heavy burden you maybe carrying and makes a day that is filled with gloom so much brighter.

Life should be filled with hope because it keeps our minds emotionally grounded and it is our Spiritual Gift from God.  Without hope, how can anyone say they have anything to look forward to.  Let us remember, life is full of Hope but lets not waste it on things that aren’t positive.  It is through prayer that our greatest Hopes are fulfilled. So for everyone reading this, I Hope you have a wonderful and Blessed day.

My hope is one day they will find a cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis for all that suffer from this terrible disease.  It is debilitating and it is life altering.  I will hang onto this hope whether it comes in my lifetime or not.

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RA -Rheumatoid Arthritis-Watching Your Life Change

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First let me say, we can never get others to fully understand the impact that Rheumatoid Arthritis has on our lives and the changes we face having it but facing this disease alone is almost as devastating as the effects themselves.

Explaining how it is having Rheumatoid Arthritis takes more words than I can possibly write.  It is fierce, devastating and life changing.  Reeling from what it does to us can hardly be put into words and honestly it can’t be understood truly unless you have experienced it for yourself.  While we watch our lives change because of RA we are also forced to watch many walk away, turn away or fall by the wayside long before the worse even begin.  How do you feel now with a life changed by a disease that has such a strange name but has a diagnosis with easy to read words but such misunderstood symptoms and conditions. Continue reading “RA -Rheumatoid Arthritis-Watching Your Life Change”

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