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”