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Rheummatoid Arthritis and Depression

RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis’ Harsh Reality

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I have Rheumatoid Arthritis a disease many really don’t know
It is harsh, it can be deadly, what a horrifying blow,
And it brings uncertainty, grief and so much loneliness
But we can’t forget about some of our biggest tests,
There’s depression, sorrow and the ongoing misunderstanding
That this is a disease that is so demanding,
Yes, disease I know that may surprise you
It is a very serious condition, this is true,
Pain is a constant and the fatigue just won’t go away
It’s in our lives each and every day,
We strive to make it with all that we’re going through
But many will still ask “What’s wrong with you”,
Life with RA can’t be explained in simple words
So it’s not getting the attention we feel it deserves,
Are we seeking attention, pity or any of this
No, not at all, our lives are not worth the risk,
The bottom line, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a horrendous disease
One that affects us all, more than anyone sees!

Be Blessed.

RA-The Battle To Survive

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How does Rheumatoid Arthritis affects your life and your fight to maintain.  Do you feel weak when in reality the battle we fight makes us strong.  You are strong in your weakest moments.

Are you filled with guilt! Guilt because you aren’t who you use to be emotionally nor how you were physically.  The guilt takes over because your functions have become limited and doing things aren’t as easy as it use to be if at all possible so being unable too sends you down a road filled with guilt that’s long and hard.  Guilty because you are faced with feelings of letting your family down even though it’s out of your control.  The constant pain we’re in keeps us locked in a world controlled by Rheumatoid Arthritis.  It dictates what our days are to be.  We often feel or want things to be our way but this disease has other ideas.  We try our best to fight our way through the pain but the majority of the time, RA wins.  It is true we may fight through but in the end, RA is the true winner. Continue reading “RA-The Battle To Survive”

RA- The Ongoing Changes Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Are you tired, worn out and feel you just don’t know what to do anymore because you’re dealing with your ever changing life brought on by Rheumatoid Arthritis. Yes, we all feel this way because it is a disease that is overwhelming and forever changing. Continue reading “RA- The Ongoing Changes Of Rheumatoid Arthritis”

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! Continue reading “RA-The Illusion of Rheumatoid Arthritis-Our Disease”

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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