Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Stories

Kindra’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Rheumatoid Disease)

Aug
27
2014
Kindras Story Rheumatoid Disease

I am 48 years young and was officially diagnosed with Rheumatoid Disease two years ago, but I have been living in pain for many years. In my mid 40s, the joint and body pain became unbearable, and I was having a hard time making it to work. At my request, my doctor finally sent me to a Rheumatologist where my journey to diagnosis and proper treatment began. I have always been a do-it-myself-er, a very strong and independent mother of four who did it all. Now, even with all the treatment meds I take, I can barely move some days. Many of my days are spent in bed now. I take close to 100 pills a week just to be able to move somewhat. Once a month, I go to the hospital for IV therapy where I get an infusion of a chemo grade biological medication and also take an oral chemo that I will likely be on for the rest of my life. Even though I am losing more of my mobility daily and need several joints replaced, I will not give up. I am finding that although I am losing some things I am gaining … [Read more...]

Mandi’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Rheumatoid Arthritis )

Jul
14
2014
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I was first diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) ten years ago. As the years passed I was also told I had lupus, then Sjögren's syndrome, then neuropathy raynaud's, and a few others. Then was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. It seems that every time I was attending the hospital I was given things (illnesses) it was never flowers and chocolates. :( I am awaiting my treatment but I will Fight Like a Girl :) Mandi Scotland Submitted 07/13/2014 The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice. … [Read more...]

Emily’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Feb
07
2014
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My name is Emily, I'm 23 years old. :) I was first diagnosed with RA when I was just two years old. The only memory early on that I have is that I HATED doctors, so my story is mainly about my life with RA from school age on. School wasn't fun for me. I can remember tormenting myself because teachers didn't understand what was going on because I "looked fine." My first flare ups were in just one joint effecting one knee, it eventually progressed into both knees. I never wanted to admit to my battle because the reaction I usually would get is, "You're too young to have arthritis!" I would always wish that people could just understand that kids can have it too!! I could go on and on about the many flare ups, all of the missed school, the fatigue, and hours with my head on the pillow. But my biggest battle started after I gave birth to my son, James. I was warned by an OB/GYN specialist during my pregnancy that I could flare up after I had my son, but I didn't expect it to change my … [Read more...]

Sabina’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Nov
22
2013
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My name is Sabina and I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 12, almost 13 years old. It has been about 17 years now. My journey has been very interesting, funny, full of life, painful sometimes (okay very often), and very eventful. It would be nice if I didn't have RA but I wouldn't want any other illness in exchange! In the course of my whole RA journey, with God’s help and a lot of support from my family, I managed to do quite a lot with my life. :) Somethings ordinary people only plan on. No, I’m not on steroids they somehow never suited me. Nowadays my activities include Wushu (kickboxing training) and Tai Chi. As for one of the FLAGC quotes, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” I could not agree more. I’ll be writing several stories, stories of what helped me manage my pain, what didn't, alternate medicine, what I found was helpful to me, things that caused emotional pain, stress that … [Read more...]

Stephanie’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia)

Oct
14
2013
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My name is Stephanie, it took me almost three years to figure out that I had RA. I had such a struggle with doctors. I had several rounds of blood work. One rheumatolgist told me that I didn't have RA. I got lucky and found a doctor who was patient enough to run the blood work three times. Low and behold it came back positive for RA. I was relieved yet devastated. The RA in my hands has gone into my knees. I am also a gastric bypass patient since 2005. I don't metabolize medicine like everyone else. I take methotrexate, plaquenil, pain medication, and other medicine. My life as I know it has changed. I am lucky to have the support of my spouse. However, we all know that the pressure on the ones we love gets old real quick. Doctor appointments rule my life and that becomes the focal point of our lives. I dropped my seventeen pound dog last year. It is not good. I am constantly suffering. My hands hurt constantly. But, I will fight though. My family is my strength. I told my spouse … [Read more...]