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The Arthritis Trio

In 1994 I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus, two years later I was told I could no longer work. I was devastated because I had only five more years to go to be able to retire. Well, I retired early and from that point my life and health went downhill. Here I am 20 years later, with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis.

I watched my Father suffer for years with this debilitating disease, and I and now going through the same pain. But in January of this year I decided to take my life back. I changed my entire diet and began to exercise as much as I could. In the process I lost 42 pounds and relieved some of the pain I was in.

I plan on fighting this till the end. No stress in my life and a happy and healthy life style will keep me going for many more years.

Don’t let these diseases control your life and your happiness. Live and know that God can do all things and he will heal your body if you just believe.

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  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi Cyndy – Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m so sorry that you had to watch your father suffer with RA, but it is important to remember that treatments have come a long way since then! I’m glad to hear that you have found some lifestyle changes that have made a big difference for you. I hope you continue to thrive!

  • Abeeba
    6 years ago

    That is great! It’s encouraging to know there is hope. My husband is really struggling with RA. The past month he has made dramatic changes to his diet, but so far he hasn’t seen any improvement. I’m curious what specific changes you have made to get relief? I know there is no “cure”, but it’s interesting to know what has worked for other people.

  • NR
    6 years ago

    Wow Cindy! You took the words out of my mouth!…Kudos to you!!!! Exact Circumstances here. Got diagnosed 2 years ago. Changed my diet and my lifestyle. RA Factor numbers can’t lie and doctors are scratching their heads. I’ll never go back to my old lifestyle and I claimed my life back as well! Actively working, traveling, dancing and doing everything they told me I was never ever going to do again. I, like you, live life to my fullest! So I commend you for your hard work and for taking control of your life instead of having others control it. Here’s to you and to your Healthy life!! 🙂

    Nydia (SansGluten AroundTheWorld on FB)

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