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 aggravated it, stress that didn’t, foods that I was advised to eat (or not to eat), and all the nice things that happened on my way here. The reason I’m writing today is because I’m scheduled for chemo for my RA this week and I really want other people diagnosed with RA to know that is another option for slowing/stopping the rheumatoid arthritis progression. I wonder how many of you actually know that exists? I didn’t until I got it about four years back. It’s supposed to put rheumatoid arthritis into remission and if and when it works it can make you feel very good! It’s called Rituximab (trade names Rituxan and MabThera) or you can just call it “Mab.”
So, to all people with RA: First, I know you’re tired of hearing this over and over but keep moving! Second, smile (though at times it will be difficult to) and third, you should know that you can make it one of the best things that happen to you. I want to share my stories and I hope I can inspire you to push your limits and live. Just live! That’s the best anyone can do. 🙂
P.S. I hope to take pictures of my chemo and post and share them with you guys because I believe we can fight this.
Love and Hope
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.
This story 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.