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RA -Rheumatoid Arthritis -Being Aware-Bridging Our Gap

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Rheumatoid Arthritis, being Aware, oh yes we already know, Awareness is ours and here’s how we’ll tell you so;

Our pain is real and never fake, No matter what others think, it’s often more than we can take;

With each day we wake it may bring tears to our eyes, Can you hear us as we reach out, Please hear our cries;

We all are suffering day in and day out, Why can’t they understand what Rheumatoid Arthritis is really all about;

When we say we need you just to help us through each day, Why do you stare at us in this non-believing way;

Our pain is vicious taking over all that we know, Why can’t they understand this no matter how we’ve tried to tell them so;

Life with this disease is hard like you’ve always been told, Even through our weakness while fighting to be bold;

We fight when we rise until we lay down, Never feeling we’ve gained solid ground;

Yes, we want and crave just a little of our old life, But that has not been without such toll and strife;

So when we tell you RA takes more than we can give, Know that it is wrecking havoc on this life we now have to live;

Also, know without a doubt all we say is true! Love, Understanding and Support is what we need from you;

One more thing you should definitely know, What Rheumatoid Arthritis really is and with that a little more understanding as we go;

By the way, our life with this disease is no longer our own, And this my family and friends you all should have already known;

It is because pain came in and did a number on us, That once old me is gone, now getting used to the new me is truly a must;

Pain is our beginning and it is our end, Do We fight hard, Yes we do in hopes it won’t win;

But no matter what, it always seems to tear us apart, As we try harder and harder to pull through to be like it was long before the start;

Living with RA is something we truly, truly hate, But for you to understand it is never too late;

We’re walking this journey tired, broken and filled with pain, Battling all of this as we try our best to maintain;

Rheumatoid Arthritis is not even close to being our friend, Even though it will be with us until the very end.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto immune disease characterized by chronic inflammation of joints and it can involve inflammation of tissues in other areas of the body i.e. the lungs, eyes and the heart.  It can affect multiple organs of the body.  This is our disease.

 

Dedicated to my fellow warriors!

Be Blessed

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RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis The Catalyst For Depression – Fighting For Your Emotional Self

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For each of us with rheumatoid arthritis I’m sure at some point have dealt with depression.  It slips in on you when you least expect it and it can be mild or overwhelming. Either way, it takes it hold on you.

Depression has it’s meaning, feelings of despondency and dejection but I think in our case it’s a feeling of being overwhelmed, thoughts of going through something that we have no control over at any time and dealing with pain everyday.  This brings on a sense of “what can I do”.  It’s a feeling of why is this happening to me and why do I have to go through this.  We may or may not be despondent or feel dejected but I know we get so overwhelmed that we find ourselves feeling lost as we struggle to put our situation into perspective.  We know this is what we have to deal with but there are times we lose our way. Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis The Catalyst For Depression – Fighting For Your Emotional Self”

RA – How Do You Handle It When You Feel Rheumatoid Arthritis Has Your Life Spinning Out Of Control

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Spinning out of control, is this what rheumatoid arthritis have you feeling like.  Your life is spinning, you can’t stop it and all you can do is hang on for the ride.  What is the ride?  It is the trek down the long winding road of uncertainty that’s filled with the ups and downs of RA. Continue reading “RA – How Do You Handle It When You Feel Rheumatoid Arthritis Has Your Life Spinning Out Of Control”

RA – Having Rheumatoid Arthritis – Do You Feel Guilty For The Pain You’re Suffering

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Have you ever found yourself feeling guilty because you are sick so often with rheumatoid arthritis.  You feel guilty because you can’t perform the task that you once could or even some of the smallest things that you once could.  It is very disconcerting if you find that you can’t play with your children the way you would like or do some of things they want you to do and find you  are wishing with all of your heart you could run outside, play ball or even walk in the park with them the way you once could or even the way you’ve never been able to.

This is the situation we face so much of the time with our families.  We wish we could do all of these things but our disease dictate when and how much we can do in our lives.  We still try to do things even through our pain but so often the pain takes over and we have to listen to our bodies, therefore we are limited to what we can do. With this, the guilt creeps in because we feel we are neglecting our love ones. Of course this is not intentional but never the less the guilt is there. Continue reading “RA – Having Rheumatoid Arthritis – Do You Feel Guilty For The Pain You’re Suffering”

RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis and Depression – How it Affects Us and How We Deal With It

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Being a person with rheumatoid arthritis is a place where I never imagined I would be and really where I don’t want to be but here I am.  How do I deal with it?  In many different ways.  I find myself sometimes trying to ignore it but that’s hard except for those rare days when I hardly feel any pain. Other times I try not to think about it and then there’s the majority of the time, reality.

I have it, it’s here, I can’t change it so I deal with it and so goes the story.  Can it be depressing?  Yes it can. I don’t get depressed often but I do have my days.  I sometimes wake up and I feel depressed for what I think is no reason but of course there is a reason.  I think about myself and this disease and I find that I feel overwhelmed at how often the pain can be there or for the simple fact that I have RA.  I cry sometimes and I want to reach out to others but I don’t want to upset anyone else or have them feel bad for me or worry about me.  I know the support and understanding is there but dealing with this at times is more than that.  We have to go through our own thing whether is to cry or to swear just to make us feel better.  Then after that I realize I needed that time for myself and I settle down and further realize, I’m not so bad.  This is how I deal with my depression.  Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis and Depression – How it Affects Us and How We Deal With It”

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