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RA-Handling Rheumatoid Arthritis Staying Strong When You Are At Your Weakest

When you find yourself in so much pain, maybe alone and not knowing what to or who to turn to at a time when you need someone the most, how do you get through this difficult time and how do you make another one of those tough episodes that you’ve become accustomed to but never use to.

Having Rheumatoid Arthritis is something that we as sufferers will never get use to having but because it has become a part of our lives causing pain, fatigue and frustration and it is something that is never the same day to day. There are days it may be manageable but days where we are barely able to move. This leaves us filled with uncertainty and our lives filled with turmoil bringing on that needed strength that many never, ever know we are forced to come by.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a very complicated disease to say the least. It strikes us in ways that are unexpected and devastating as we suffer from short term affects as well as long term affects. Ones that put us down for days at a time or months at a time and in some cases years. But when we are doing okay in general there are those times when our bodies just can’t seem to get going because it is just overwhelmed with fatigue. Fatigue is one of our main enemies that hangs on and ravish our bodies like crazy. It lingers and wages war like pain from the moment we try getting out of bed until we fall back in bed at night and that’s if we’re lucky enough to make it out of bed at the beginning of our day. You see for us there is no simplicity to this disease. It is so complicated and so misunderstood by many and honestly we know that the understanding we need will never happen but we have to forge on in spite of that.

Finding our strength takes more than the physical. It takes every bit of mental focus that we have. Though we struggle day after day and find it hard putting one foot in front of the other, our mental strength kicks in giving us that push we often need to fall back on. Yet we are often beaten down in both aspects. This disease is so draining on us physically and mentally leaving us tied down to a life of chaos that many just don’t see. We have learned along the way to hide what we feel and struggle with only to be ignored if even it’s seen and known. We have learned what they fail to realize or opt not to accept is out of our control so we live our lives fighting for ourselves with the little strength we have.

Where do we find strength when we are at our weakest! From the depths of our being. The place that we dig deep within when there is no other place but our inner self. We are full of strength as warriors of Rheumatoid Arthritis and no one knows how strong you have to be to survive with an auto immune disease and all that comes with it. We are constantly fighting a battle that always brewing in our bodies and minds from this disease and the medication to help us so this is how we have gained strength.

Though our strength may wane, we know we can never give up. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

Be Blessed.

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RA-Do You Feel You’re Defending Yourself Too Much For Having Rheumatoid Arthritis

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You have Rheumatoid Arthritis and many don’t even know what it is.  Well, it’s an auto immune disorder that affects so many it’s a shame that everyone don’t know what it is.  It affects the joints but other parts of the body which can include the organs.  Guess what, with all of that, it leaves us all vulnerable to emotional breakdowns as well.  So here we are, the beginning of our lives with a world of chronic everything. Continue reading “RA-Do You Feel You’re Defending Yourself Too Much For Having Rheumatoid Arthritis”

RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis and Our Trying Days


I hope this post finds each of you doing well considering what we are all going through at this time. I know this is a very trying and difficult time for those of us with RA or any other auto immune and along with the average person because our lives have been turned upside down. You see this has been one of the most difficult times I have seen in quite a while for many reasons.

While I have found that my anxiety has been truly high I have not dealt well with it on some occasions but I have found comfort in working in the yard as best I can which has caused issues with my RA. I find myself hurting more but it keeps my mind off of being shut up in the house and being afraid to go out. Getting out in the yard has been my saving grace along with prayer and reading my bible. I tell you if it weren’t for those things, my mind would be everywhere. I suffer along with the aches and pains because it gives me something else to think about and let me know that there is still some normalcy which is my RA. Sad to say but it is the truth. Umm for reality.

I guess a lot of us having Rheumatoid Arthritis finds it extra stressful because of our immune system due to our disease and our medication taking its toll and we’re worrying even more about our safety. Wondering if that trip to the store, pharmacy or doctor is a safe one. I know for me most of my appointments were canceled. I guess those that weren’t essential which I found to be okay because if they thought it was safer not to do it, then I had no problem either. I’ve finally just started venturing out a little bit and that’s only if the parking lots are almost empty and the stores are scarce. I don’t mean to be so paranoid but it is a very scary time for us all. Some people are braver than others I must say though but I hope and pray this will all end for us soon.

One last thing, I haven’t had the best of luck getting my medication, hydroxychloroquine because of what’s going on but I hope that works itself out soon but I’m sure I’m not the only one. I just hope this works out for everyone however it is suppose too. I will be trying again later this week to get my refill and see what happens at that time. In the meantime, I hope since my last post everyone is doing well and keeping safe as well as your families. I hope your RA isn’t getting the best of you in this difficult time when you might need care the most. Thanks for stopping by.

Be Blessed!





RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-I Would If I Could

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If I could remove this disease
I would do it a breeze
If I could take back my life
I would gladly let go of this strife
I would wipe away RA
The disease that hurts me every day
I would take back my life as I knew it
Full of spunk, laughter and fit
No more daily fatigue, sadness and pain
Nor fear of the cold, damp or rain
I would be on the go without fear
Never wondering if a chair or bench was near
If I could wipe out being chronic
I would without another pill, shot, infusion or any kind of tonic
If I could end all of the painful years
It would stop the tears and the constant fears
I would chase away chronic everything
And a calmer, simpler, pain-free life I would definitely bring!
Be Blessed.

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RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-Fighting To Get Better-What We May Not See

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As sufferers of Rheumatoid Arthritis, we do all that we can to stop the pain we endure every day but there are those times when the pain get so bad we need help getting through our days.  There are the flares that make our pain unbearable so we look for what makes it easier through those tough times and for many of us it’s prednisone. Continue reading “RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-Fighting To Get Better-What We May Not See”

RA- Having Rheumatoid Arthritis-Don’t Feel Guilty For Being Sick

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I wish I could do more, I wish I wasn’t sick, I hate myself for having this disease!  Is this you?  Is this what you’re thinking when you feel you’re failing yourself and those in your life. Continue reading “RA- Having Rheumatoid Arthritis-Don’t Feel Guilty For Being Sick”

RA-My Disease-My Doctor-Getting It Right For Me

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Being sick with Rheumatoid Arthritis, our ultimate goal is to feel the best that we can. Depending on our Rheumatologist and other doctors is an important part of our care but what happens when things just don’t seem to be working out with your doctor.  Do you find yourself struggling with whether to find new one or do you stick it out for reasons that you also struggle with.  This dilemma can only add additional stress to our already stressful life.

Continue reading “RA-My Disease-My Doctor-Getting It Right For Me”

RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-What It Really It-The Real Truth

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Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the joints including those in the hands and feet.  It is an auto immune disease in which the body’s immune system which normally protect its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses mistakenly attacks the joints.  This creates inflammation that causes the tissue to thicken resulting in swelling and pain around those joints.  Most commonly affected are hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles.  RA can also affect the body’s cardiovascular or respiratory system which is called a systemic disease.  Systemic means the entire body which can be deadly.  We as warriors believe it should be called Rheumatoid Disease to cut down on the confusion. Continue reading “RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-What It Really It-The Real Truth”

RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis

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I have a chronic disease I can’t control
I am forced to fill this horrible roll
I hurt, I cry and sadly have to go along
It is not my fault, I did nothing wrong
The blame I feel is so unfair
It seems no one understands or maybe just don’t care
The guilt just kills me day after day
It weighs me down more than I can ever say
The pain is not fake, my life it can steal
This disease is unimaginable, makes life feel so surreal
Yet I go on because I have no choice
I yell out loud but no one hears my voice
As I desperately try hard to explain
How much this disease causes physical and emotional pain
Yet my heart hurt and my eyes show what I’m going through
With this disease that’s hurting me and you
You see RA does not discriminate and has no shame
It is not me that’s wrong but RA that’s to blame
So as I look for understanding to help ease my way
Say that you’re with me and I hope you mean what you say!
For the many, many warriors of Rheumatoid Arthritis, I understand.
Be Blessed.

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