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LIFE WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

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RA- Fatigue The Battle Of A Life Time

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You wake up if you have the luxury of sleeping at all, try your best to get your day going but there is something holding you down, Fatigue. That thing that’s weighing on you like a ton of bricks, that thing that’s sucking your energy from you from your head to your toes. You can’t move no matter how hard you try, no matter how hard you will your body to get up and go. The bed at this time is your ally. You lay in it when you can’t move or when you reach for it for support when you stumble back as you try to stand up but find that you just can’t. Our fatigue is not just being tired, it is being exhausted. It is a feeling you can’t explain to others to make them understand. Fatigue, yes we’re all so familiar with it.

You try your best to move through the exhaustion but it’s much harder than you ever imagined. You wonder when did this all began. Finally you realize this disease Rheumatoid Arthritis snuck it in on you before you knew what happened. You see, standing at the sink brushing your teeth became a chore and that should be a simple thing to do. You stare at yourself in disbelief wondering is this really real and that body in the mirror staring back lets you know, yes you are that person so worn out and exhausted. Sleep isn’t the answer, resting isn’t the answer nor is relaxing the answer. Our body is fighting us and we just have to wait for it to fix itself even if it takes a long time or if ever. Fatigue runs rampant with this disease that we are fighting and living with.

We’re fighting fatigue and that battle is a hard one. It doubles the torture we face daily with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Through the pain we have to deal with comes the fatigue that is brought on by our meds and our bodies trying to protect us. We are grounded by these 2 more than anyone will ever really know. No one can imagine trying to carry on a day struggling against pain while not having the strength to do so. It does no good to wish for a work day or day to end and our night to begin because sleep is not the cure for our enemy Fatigue. The thing that wrings our bodies dry.

How does it feel to be too exhausted to think, I’m sure no one can imagine that. You really won’t know the answer to that unless you felt it, unless your walk has been in one of our shoes. You can barely move and you certainly can’t get your mind to focus to make yourself move so there it is, your whole body controlled by fatigue. It is awful to feel that you are useless because of a body that just can’t do what you want. All of this makes you feel guilty towards yourself and those in your life. Does this sound extreme!! Maybe to some but this is no exaggeration. Getting up and to have to lay back down in exhaustion is a cry that we cry many days. It is something that is a struggle at the simplest level and there’s no cure for us. We are saying yes but our bodies are saying I just cannot. So the fight to go is an ongoing fight, one that fatigue so often wins.

Fatigue: Extreme tiredness from mental or physical illness. “He/She was nearly dead with Fatigue”. Sounds familiar!!

Be Blessed.

RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis Never Forgetting

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LIFE WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS HAS NO SET RULES.  IT IS FILLED WITH UNCERTAINTIES AND STRUGGLES. HOW DO WE MAKE IT IN A LIFE THAT TEETERS ON THE EDGE OF PAIN, FATIGUE AND SO MUCH MORE THAN WE EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE!!!! Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis Never Forgetting”

RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-A Warrior’s Fight

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PAIN, FATIGUE, MISUNDERSTANDING, MEDICATION, SLEEPLESSNESS AND FOGGY BRAIN

Rheumatoid Arthritis how do I handle what you’ve done to my life
You’ve dragged me down, almost drowned me with all of your inflaming strife

Still so much to learn but you have made me wise
Changing from day-to-day so many plans to devise

Day in and day out there’s depression and so much anger
Here I am crying, tossing and turning, fearing my life is in danger

I long for peace, quiet and rest for my roving mind
My body needs a break from the constant painful grind

I’m medicated so much sometimes I can’t even think
It makes me wonder will they ever find the missing link

I’m so worn out and I’m just too darn tired
And I don’t know what to do, I feel like my body is being rewired

My fight to stay strong is a fight every day
I’m fighting when I’m up and when I’m down and in every way

Some days I want to give up but I just won’t give in
How can I give up this fight and let you win

You’ve already stolen my time, my abilities and my joy
Also my family, friends and job you aim to destroy

I tried my best to head you off from the very start
But you’ve managed to hang on in your effort to tear me apart

So where do I go and what do I do
How do I sustain with a Monster like you

I guess I will continue to fight and do what I can
To control you Rheumatoid Arthritis and hope others understand

That this battle with you is harder than word can ever express
My weary mind and battered body can surely attest

To what it’s like to fight to stay ahead
With a disease like you that I face every day with dread

Though many don’t understand and many never will
How debilitating you are and how my life you managed to steal

Finally RA, I hate you with ever fiber of my aching being
But these words to you from me should be, but they aren’t very freeing.

Rheumatoid Arthritis our debilitating disease, one that so many people do not understand and do not know how much and how often we suffer.  This is our journey.

Be Blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RA-Because My Disease Maybe Invisible-Does It Make My Suffering Invisible

 

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When you see me, my fingers straight, I don’t limp, I don’t have the assistance of a cane nor am I in a wheel chair, so tell me what do you think.  Do I look perfectly normal to you!  Do I look as if I can do what any normal person should be able to do!  Well I can’t, you see my disease may be invisible but what I’m going through is real and just because you don’t see it doesn’t make it untrue.  Yes I may look healthy but I am truly suffering because you see my disease Rheumatoid Arthritis can’t be clearly seen. Continue reading “RA-Because My Disease Maybe Invisible-Does It Make My Suffering Invisible”

RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis-I Just Didn’t Know

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When I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I didn’t know my life would change the way that it has, still there was so much more about this disease that I just did not know.  Each day that I suffer, I learn just a little bit more but never learning all that there is to know about a disease that needs more light shown on it in order to make better progress for those of us who has to live this life. Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis-I Just Didn’t Know”

RA -Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Life We Live

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Our Life Story may have been a simple one but now it is a life interrupted by Rheumatoid Arthritis.  The disease that snatched away our normalcy and replaced it with a life filled with uncertainties, frustrations and so much more.  The disease that changes us while we’re watching and there’s not much we can do to stop it.  Seeing how something else can control the story of your life is not what we expected but along came this terrible disease to rewrite our expectations. Our Life Story!!! Continue reading “RA -Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Life We Live”

RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Emotional Pain of Losing Ourselves

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Rheumatoid Arthritis, it’s no secret it causes us pain, pain and more pain, not just physical pain but the emotional pain that sometimes the eyes of others just don’t see.  The emotional pain of losing ourselves to this disease can be almost as great as the  physical pain we suffer at the hands of this disease. These are the burdens we bear day in and day out. Continue reading “RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Emotional Pain of Losing Ourselves”

RA – Pain Is The Suffering Of Rheumatoid Arthritis – Our Cry

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Suffering is such a strong word.  Suffering-describes undergoing pain, distress or hardship.  Do You See Yourself In These Words!

Pain is such a strong presence.  Pain-physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness.  I Know You See Yourself In These Words! Continue reading “RA – Pain Is The Suffering Of Rheumatoid Arthritis – Our Cry”

RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-Can I Close My Eyes

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Are those sleepless nights that you find yourself battling becoming more and more the norm for you?  Do you find yourself tossing and turning fighting for sleep while fighting  pain!! Continue reading “RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-Can I Close My Eyes”

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