Living Life With RA
Hello fellow RA Warriors! Living Life With RA, I am so glad you found my blog. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2007. At that time I had no idea what Rheumatoid Arthritis was and my then Rheumatologist was not good at explaining it to me. He told me it was a lifelong disease, keep your insurance, there is no cure and it is an expensive disease. I left that appointment confused and scared.
Living Life With RA And Meds
I went on Methotrexate, Prednisone, and Sulfasalazine. The Methotrexate and Sulfasalazine, although there were some slight reactions to them, they did go away. The Prednisone on the other hand… One day my daughter came home from school and opened the door just a crack and peeked in. “Mom? Is it ok to come in?” I also remember driving down the I-5 at 65mph and thinking, I just want to open my door and jump out! That is when I decided Prednisone was not for me. Every Doctor I have seen though has always pushed the Prednisone on me. It does work for pain but boy does it do a number on my MIND! I went into remission pretty quickly and then I actually gave up on the Meds a few years later. I gave up on the Meds for a few reasons. In the years I was on them I did my own research and found that they were pretty dangerous drugs and scary. At least to me. Another reason I gave up on them was that of my self-employed status and with ObamaCare. It was very difficult to afford my insurance. I was a single mom and I chose to discontinue my insurance but keep my daughter insured. I figured I would go back to the Meds when I could afford them again.
LIVING LIFE WITH RA AND STRESS
As the years went by, life threw some pretty stressful events in front of me. My Mom had Cancer, I cared for her in the end 24/7 until she passed away. My Dad had Alzheimer’s and he moved in with me and my daughter. (That could be a whole new blog in itself!) I cared for him, basically on my own until he passed away. After my Dad passed away there were some other major stresses and I began feeling the RA attacking my body at that point. It got to the point, at its worse, I couldn’t walk every day. Sometimes, my daughter had to help me get dressed so that I could hobble out the door and go sell homes. I work as a Real Estate Agent. When I couldn’t walk up stairs or lift my legs to step into the shower I got pretty down on myself.
LIVING LIFE WITH RA, MY WAY!
One night, I was watching some show on Netflix while laying in bed wreathing in pain with swollen knees and shoulders. I think it was Grey’s Anatomy. I was barely watching the show but I heard a Doctor say to her patient, “your disease does not define you. My eyes opened up and I kept thinking of that sentence over and over again. At that point, I made a decision. My RA is not going to define me. There may not be a cure but darn it, I’m going to begin to LIVE MY LIFE WITH RA and I am going to live it on my terms! My goal for this blog offers you insights on my journey, ideas, facts, and support. Hopefully, friendship and reciprocal ideas, facts and support from you too! I will share information with you on managing stress and pain. Ideas for your home, garden, and herbs, including medicinal. Life is good! I have made changes, learned so much, and life is GOOD. So join me and I truly hope and pray that we connect and Live an Awesome Life With RA!