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How do your RA treatments impact your life?


As part of a school project, I am working to understand how RA impacts the lives of those who are living with it.

I would love to hear from you if you are willing to help me!

Any insights you can offer would be a great help. I've included some questions as possible starting places, but I would love to hear anything you are willing to share.

I chose this thread in particular to ask about the ways in which your RA treatments are impacting your life, for example cost, side-effects of medication, stress, impacts to your relationships, time investment etc.

How many hours per week do you spend on treatment? Did you have to try multiple treatments to find something that works for you? Have you been able to find effective treatment? Do you use multiple treatments simultaneously for better results? What problems have you encountered in your efforts to obtain treatment?

Thank you so much for your time!!!


  1. Hi Heather ~

    It's great that you're working on understanding the impact of RA - those of us living every day with RA could certainly benefit from more understanding! As a contributor to this site, I've written pretty extensively about my experiences - including answers to many of the questions that you pose. You can read more about my story here:

    As for getting feedback from the rest of our community, you may want to consider checking out our Facebook page:

    Best of luck with your project!

    ~Mariah~ (Site Moderator)

    1. Mariah,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story!!! Your blog is a rich source of information. I expect to read absolutely every post before too long. I had no idea the co-pay on biologics was so high, or that they had to be refrigerated!

      Thanks for the facebook group link also. I will definitely check that out.


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