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Living & understanding the beasts unpredictability

Hi to all RA suffers…..

I wrote a manuscript for publishing 10 yrs ago. Now I see it as another form of therapy.
I was diagnosed with RA 1994. I was a very fit young male who was just signed to play football (Aussie rules) with Hawthorne football club.
So let’s condense the manuscript into 100 words approx
The pain. The tears. The hopelessness. The depression.

  • Getting out of bed. The first few steps. PAIN.
  • Wiping your bottom after toilet,the wrist PAIN.
  • Getting dressed PAIN.
  • Putting shoes on PAIN.
  • Everything I seemed to do caused me PAIN!

The drugs I’ve taken. Methotrexate, Prednisolone, Leflunomide, Cyclosporine, Sulfasalazine, Tocilizumab (Actemra), Etanercept (Enbrel), Adalimumab (Humira), Rituximab (Rituxan).

I’ve been involved with two clinical trials. The nastiest being high dose Chemotherapy (Cyclophosphamide)& a stem cell transplant @St Vinnie’s Hospital Sydney Australia.

I’ve tried alternative treatments – Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Magnet therapy & Swimming

I’ve tried all sorts of diets with Liver cleansing being the best for me
Pain killers. Panadeine forte, OxyContin, Endone, marijuana, Whiskey – Bourbon
Sex…I love it… Has it impacted YES has it stopped me NO bloody way
Joint replacement. Surgeon says in a South African accent ‘Damian your knee on the inside looks like Swiss cheese, in your language it’s rooted, it needs replacement!’

I’m a biggish fella 6ft 2 in old school measurement or 1879.6mm and things like shaking hands was an issue. What I did was say ‘Sorry mate I’ve injured my hand otherwise I’d shake yours’ .

Low times – life can suck big time. How do I cope? I try the Rheumatologists medications. I try diets, Yoga type stuff. But mostly I fight it, and I will always fight it until they find a permanent cure.

Have a great day
Damian McGrath

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  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    5 years ago

    Hi Damian – Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story. It looks like you have really been through a lot! I was also diagnosed at a young age (and was a very active water polo player at the time) so I can certainly understand some of your frustration! I also hope for a permanent cure! In the meantime, hang in there and keep trying!

  • Damian author
    5 years ago

    Gidday Mariah
    Thanks for your reply…I often feel my RA is on a scale 1:10 compared to many suffers of RA that are 10:10 so ‘normally’ I say nothing…well at least past 20 rs 🙂

    Again Thanks & have a terrific day


  • Damian author
    5 years ago

    Howdy Marcia; human spirit, risilance and the never give up attitude is all we’ve got. Your path has been full on…I’m choking up, yup eyes filling with tears…I woke this morning with my left wrist really swollen..I’m trying to build a house..I was caught with tears rolling down my face by my nephew as I tried to hammer nails in….I’m not giving in…ever. Have a ripper of a day & ta for your kind words

  • Marcia Parker
    5 years ago

    Damian, I appreciate your honesty in telling your story. I’m inspired by your positive attitude. Thanks for sharing. Keep strong. Marcia

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