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HELP!What I do know is this: I’m leaving California.
What I DON’T know is where I’m headed. I’m looking to live affordably, where I can get excellent medical care for all my AI diseases (Lupus, SLE, Fibromyalgia, Stage 3 CKD and a mystery gastrointestinal issue), and in a warm climate.
I was diagnosed 40 years ago with RA and 13 years ago, they added SLE Lupus and Fibromyalgia. I’m now 56 and my tank is empty. Nothing’s left.
With few exceptions, I have spent the past 7 years in bed. I’ve had 11 different hospitalizations since last May, averaging a week each stay. Call it intuition, call it instinct or call it a premonition but I know that if I stay here, I will be gone in 5-10 years. I’m not living. I am existing and waiting to die. If this is what the rest of my life looks like, I don’t want it. With help from my 27 year old son (who will be moving with me), I might be able to manage one move in hopes of finding a fantastic, aggressive Rheumy (and team) in an affordable, warm climate. This is it. I’m all in.........
Input and honesty much appreciated 💜💜

  1. Indianapolis is great but not warm. Slide over to Charlotte, or Raleigh. Pick a university town.

    1. Totally agree with Rick. Look for a university town, with a med school and Rheumatogy fellowship program. I’ve visited NC and it’s lovely. Research Triangle area has excellent healthcare. Mayo has clinics in FLA and AZ. I’m sure there’s more warm weather sites for you to explore. With hope and best wishes, Jo (moderator)

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