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Pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis

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-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 – 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-Strength Our State of Being

force-2483944_640Rheumatoid Arthritis wears us out, it wears us down and it takes it toll but through it all we still try our best to be strong.  Strength for us is a form of Survival.  It helps us mentally to deal with our lives physically.  Yet there are those times when we feel like giving up but how do we stay strong in the throes of a disease that so often takes our “strength”, the very thing we need to keep us going.  Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis-Strength Our State of Being”

RA – Pain Where Doesn’t It Hurt-It’s Real

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PAIN

Pain-Physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness. Our definition of daily life with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

That definition sums it up for us. When we can’t open our hands, bend our knees or barely walk because of pain, don’t think that’s us pretending.  Pain, pain and more pain this is what our lives are comprised off.  Too many places to pinpoint and too many places to say which one is hurting the most.  Because we are crying out in pain is that wrong?  Does that mean we are attention seeking or trying to get out of doing things?  Not with what we go through each and every day we wake up facing this disease known to us as Rheumatoid Arthritis.  It means we are hurting and we are in constant pain, a fact of our lives that can’t be erased no matter what others may think. Continue reading “RA – Pain Where Doesn’t It Hurt-It’s Real”

RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-You Don’t Know

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Feeling the pain and fatigue, what do you do! What can you do! Does anyone really understand what it’s like to be a prisoner to a disease that will never let you go.  That disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Take a look at us, we all have different looks.  Some of us look perfectly normal, some of us semi normal, some of us have deformities, some of with canes and walkers, some of us in wheelchairs and some of us even bedridden, so our looks with this disease comes with many faces.  Faces in pain, faces with tear stains, faces with fake smiles, faces of frustration, faces showing fatigue, faces of confusion, faces of loneliness and faces of hope.  There can be so much misunderstanding about what we should look like when we have a chronic disease but our faces may not tell our true story. Continue reading “RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-You Don’t Know”

RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Thief Within

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Having Rheumatoid Arthritis takes away from us more than one can see.  It is like the thief in the night that comes in and robs you but is bold enough to rob you in broad daylight.  It strips us of the seen and unseen leaving behind pained, confused and fatigued torn lives that we’re trying our best to hold together after being confronted with its wrath.  This is how it feels when this disease strikes our lives tearing it apart without warning stealing from us the person we once were forcing us to face just what it can do and can take from us. Rheumatoid Arthritis one of the biggest and busiest thieves we have come to know.  One that is constantly on the move who never lets us settle down for peace simply because at anytime it can steal just what it wants from us.  Did you turn around one day and your whole life as you knew it had been stolen.  My parallel to a Thief.  What do you think!!! Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Thief Within”

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