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Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Isolation We Face

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Rheumatoid Arthritis, our chronic and complicated disease.  With it comes pain that we feel each and every day.  Pain that fights us as vigorously as we fight it.  Still explaining just how much this causes us seem to go unaccepted and misunderstood by so many causing us to fall into a pit of ISOLATION.  Do you find yourself saying “I feel so alone in this fight” and you have no where or no one to turn to.  This is what so many sufferers of RA have to face, the isolation that comes with having this dreaded disease. Continue reading “Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Isolation We Face”

Rheumatoid Arthritis-Our Incurable Disease

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Hearing those painful words with fear and sadness came with hearing “You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis”.  These two words would change our lives forever but we just did not know how much.  Words that had more power than we thought at the time possible  But this was just the beginning of our of saga with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Continue reading “Rheumatoid Arthritis-Our Incurable Disease”

Rheumatoid Arthritis-Why We Cry

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Rheumatoid Arthritis takes us through a myriad of changes that are physical and mental. We never know from one day to the next what to expect being a sufferer of this disease because any single day may never be the same and the other. Having it makes us vulnerable to the devastation it causes and we know we have to suffer through whatever it throws at us.  This realization brings tears that many may never, ever see because for many of us our tears are shed in secret.  When our tears are seen, there are those who question Why!

When I cry, I wish I could go back to life before Rheumatoid Arthritis
When I cry, I long for what I can no longer do
When I cry, I feel the pain in my body and my mind
When I cry, I feel I’ve lost myself to Rheumatoid Arthritis
When I cry, I want others to Understand the burden I bear
When I cry, It’s because it is all that I can do
When I cry, I’m so emotionally broken
When I cry, I want others to understand why I cry
When I cry, I need loving arms to hold me
When I cry, I want this disease to be UNDERSTOOD 
When I cry, IT’S NOT ALWAYS FOR MYSELF!!

Through the emotional turmoil we face and the tears that come, we have to accept the reality that our lives are forever changed.  We see how we truly are and what this disease has done and can do to us.  We cry for hope, understanding, love and comfort. This is Why We Cry.

Be Blessed.

RA-Dealing With The Effects of Our Medication

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Your head is pounding, your joints are aching, your stomach hurts, your chest is tight, you’re feeling tired and confused, why, all because it’s medication day and you’re dealing with the terrible side effects from the medication you hate you have to take.  All you want to do is lie down but even that doesn’t bring the relief you’re craving.  No one knows just how hard it is to live a life with Rheumatoid Arthritis and suffer from the effects of the medication given to make you better. Continue reading “RA-Dealing With The Effects of Our Medication”

RA -Explaining It-I Just Can’t Do It Anymore

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Warriors are you fed up, worn out and to the point where you’re stressed to no end and feeling you just can’t do it anymore?  IT being anything that others maybe expecting from you or limitations that you’re expected to exceed in spite off  or explaining your day to day struggles though they’re being ignored or rebuked.  It is your time to step back, take a stand and say “I Just Really Can’t Do It Anymore”.  It is time to think about what is best for you and how you manage to cope with Rheumatoid Arthritis and its devastation. Continue reading “RA -Explaining It-I Just Can’t Do It Anymore”

RA-Feeling Defeated Again-When Medication Fails

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That defeating feeling you get when you realize your medication is no longer working.  That feeling that changes you from being sad to sadder forcing you to face the reality that “I’m about to go down this confusing, scary and unknown road one more time”.  How will we ever get our feet on solid ground and is it possible.  We’re feeling defeat one more time in a life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Continue reading “RA-Feeling Defeated Again-When Medication Fails”

RA-The Quest For Answers-Before The Diagnosis

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Before you were diagnosed, did you go the doctor and was told the aches and pains you were feeling was from being overworked or just achy joints or even arthritis then told to take it easy and to take over the counter medicines.  Of course that did not work so very soon you’re back at the doctor’s office again maybe they’re asking a few more questions and more examining but this time you’re given prescription medication in hopes that this time your issue will be fixed.  No that doesn’t work for you either because what’s going on with you has yet to be diagnosed. Continue reading “RA-The Quest For Answers-Before The Diagnosis”

RA-The Illusion of Rheumatoid Arthritis-Our Disease

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I am the face of Rheumatoid Arthritis
I smile when all I want to do is cry
I cry when all I want to do is sleep
I can’t sleep even though I’m so tired I can’t even think
I can’t think because my mind is so confused by medication
My medication may work but it’s making me sick
I’m sick because of the side effects of all of this medication
This medication is the gateway to my fatigue
The fatigue rules me day and night leaving me drained
I’m drained and I’m unable to figure out how to make myself move
When I move I realize I’ve lost so many of my abilities
My abilities are limited and I stare into the face of guilt
Guilt is with me when I get up and when I lay down loading me with depression
Depression has become my constant companion and I can’t seem to leave it behind me
I try hard to leave it behind but this disease just won’t let me
It all leaves me tired, worn out, frustrated and filled with loneliness
Loneliness, another one of my enemies but did I mention my pain
My pain is real and not in my head like so many has said
Many say this because they can’t see all that I feel
The illusion of Rheumatoid Arthritis!

Actually there is so much more that people don’t see that we’re facing brought on by this disease. There is the lack of understanding, lack of support and our pride may never have been mentioned but that has a big place in our lives. Imagine losing your hair without warning or standing in the mirror one day combing your hair and there’s more in your comb than on your head. What about the weight gain that creeps up on you little by little or maybe it seems it happened overnight. Or it could be weight loss you’re fighting because of adverse reactions to your medication. These are just some of the things that we suffer with in silence because no one understands how much these things affect us. If only for a little while others could walk in our shoes, they would know our suffering and understand this disease so much more.

We are the faces of Rheumatoid Arthritis and we are many. We are different but we are the same. We are the brothers and sisters of a disease that pulls us together as one because we understand each other better than anyone else can. We are forever bonded together by 2 words Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Be Blessed.

RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Words That Bind

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Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues including your organs and joints.  Let me tell you a little bit about this most Misunderstood Disease. Let me share with you the words that bind our lives together. Continue reading “RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Words That Bind”

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