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RA-Has Rheumatoid Arthritis Made You Forget What Normal Feels Like

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Normality, when something happens that shakes up your.  You look forward to returning to normality, meaning the usual happenings of everyday life.  Our state of being being, something that is just as expected.  But this is not to be when you’re living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  It has made us forget what is expected and to be prepared for the unexpected, a life now filled with uncertainty and a whole new normal. Continue reading “RA-Has Rheumatoid Arthritis Made You Forget What Normal Feels Like”

Rheumatoid Arthritis-How Has This Disease Affected Our Lives and Tormented Us

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Have I become my disease!  Have I let what it has done to me affect the people and things in my life that are important to me the way it has affected me!  That is tough because having Rheumatoid Arthritis is bound to change who you are and how you are. It changes how you cope, think and respond to everything in your life, making you a symptom of a life that is filled with symptoms from a disease that is known as Rheumatoid Arthritis.  A disease that has not been accepted for the damaging disease that it is.  One that has us dealing with a myriad of affects that affect every aspect of our lives. Continue reading “Rheumatoid Arthritis-How Has This Disease Affected Our Lives and Tormented Us”

RA-Finding Our Voice Through Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Have you sat down weary or maybe stood in the mirror, looked at yourself and wondered “Why did I get this disease”.  Yes I’m sure we’ve all at some point wondered that but in reality we know it was the Will of God.  Not for punishment but because this is just a part of life and we just happened to be the ones to get Rheumatoid Arthritis. Continue reading “RA-Finding Our Voice Through Rheumatoid Arthritis”

Rheumatoid Arthritis-What Do You See

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When you look in the mirror at yourself, what do you think.  Are you thinking Rheumatoid Arthritis has really changed the way that I look.  Are you seeing a different person staring back at you?  Do you notice your hair has gotten thinner or maybe your skin seems dry or maybe your face is puffier than before or even your teeth are being battered since you’ve been on medication to fight this disease.  Do you just stare at yourself with a sense of sadness and loss because gone is that familiar face that once looked back at you before RA came into your life and took away that old you. Yes we all are missing a part of us that we wish we could have back.  That old familiarity.   Continue reading “Rheumatoid Arthritis-What Do You See”

RA-Not An Ordinary Disease

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My body is wracked with constant pain
I don’t know how I’m able to sustain
I’m tired, weak and dealing with fierce fatigue
This disease really has my body under siege. Continue reading “RA-Not An Ordinary Disease”

RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis A Disease Simply Not Understood By So Many – Why

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There is an ongoing battle for understanding about Rheumatoid Arthritis and what it really is and what it mean to those of us that have it.  By definition it is described as an auto immune disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling and loss of function to joints. Um, but those symptoms sound like regular arthritis or osteoarthritis.  Well the key difference here is “auto immune disease”. Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis A Disease Simply Not Understood By So Many – Why”

Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Isolation We Face

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Rheumatoid Arthritis, our chronic and complicated disease.  With it comes pain that we feel each and every day.  Pain that fights us as vigorously as we fight it.  Still explaining just how much this causes us seem to go unaccepted and misunderstood by so many causing us to fall into a pit of ISOLATION.  Do you find yourself saying “I feel so alone in this fight” and you have no where or no one to turn to.  This is what so many sufferers of RA have to face, the isolation that comes with having this dreaded disease. Continue reading “Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Isolation We Face”

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-Our Long Journey To Mental Healing When Physical Healing Is Such A Struggle

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Rheumatoid Arthritis, how do we explain it, how do we handle it and how do we cope with it. This dreadful disease that has become a part of our daily lives, our daily being and daily everything.  So how do we cope with Rheumatoid Arthritis, even we can’t always explain it and find it difficult to live with. Continue reading “RA-Our Long Journey To Mental Healing When Physical Healing Is Such A Struggle”

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