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Breathe in, Breathe out.

RA storiesI was diagnosed with RA right around my 40th birthday, although looking back my doctor and I agree that I was probably having flares since my early thirties. After being treated for a horrible sinus infection, I began losing weight, running low grade fevers and having joint pain in my feet, knees, and especially my hands.

Almost a decade later, I have learned to live my life with RA. I have been on many different medications, some have worked, some haven’t. Some of the side effects have forced me to stop a medication that I feel like has helped my RA. Today, I am fairly well controlled with prednisone and methotrexate.

I refuse to let RA define my life. I work full time, exercise, eat well and try to get plenty of rest. My favorite hobbies include Yoga, Reading and Quilting. My husband and I just sent the youngest of our three children off to college and are enjoying our time together.

I’ve learned that a bad RA day doesn’t mean a bad life. Flares come and go and I am grateful for my life and I know that there are so many others less fortunate than me.

Yoga has taught me to slow down and concentrate on my breath. It has been wonderful for managing my RA. I breathe in love and breathe out gratitude! Namaste!

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  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi Susan – Thank you so much for sharing your story. I really admire your courage and resilience! I am so glad that you have found solace and relief in yoga.

  • Susan Clark author
    6 years ago

    Sarah, I am so sorry that you have suffered with this horrible disease since you were a teenager. You certainly have your hands full dealing with RA and three children. My hope for you is that things will start getting better for you. I am so grateful that my RA is under control right now, and I will definitely keep you in my daily thoughts and prayers. Best wishes

  • Sarah
    6 years ago

    You are very lucky to be living such a normal life not everybody with RA is so lucky I’ve been suffering with the disease since I was a young teenager and I’m now 28 years old and have gone through four surgeries I also have 3 children under the age of 8 years old so I’m glad it’s going so well for you its not that people with RA let it take over their life it just does. Other people have it a lot worse than some people as yourself I try as hard as I can to have some kind of normal life but can barely get out of bed most days and I’m fully disabled on disability at the age of 28 so when you say you don’t let it take over your life be lucky that it hasn’t taken over your life its not a choice I don’t choose to let it take over my life it just did. I do iv infusions plus I’m on prednisone for the rest of my life. So when you say you choose not to let it take over your life for others we don’t have a choice it just does feel lucky it has not taken over yours .

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