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What are these tennis injuries I keep on getting?
When I was 40 years old, playing tennis twice a week, water-skiing on weekends, my body started to feel pain in different areas after these activities. I was just about living at the physio, who was very switched on and suspected something a bit more sinister. He recommended I get a blood test to check it out. Of course it was positive for RA. I read all the literature that was available at the time (the 80’s) and it all painted a bleak picture. I could be in a wheelchair within five years. Well, 32 years later, after many different drugs and therapies, I am still pretty active, playing pennant bowls and enjoying the social life that goes along with it. About eight years ago I joined a trial at the Monash Medical Centre for a new I/V drug called Actemra. It helped me from day one and I have been on it ever since. It has been a lifesaver. I am better now at 72 years of age, then I was in my 50-60’s, and I thank my amazing rheumatologist, Prof. Geoff Littlejohn, for his care and attention, and his willingness to let me try new things. RA does try it’s best to drag you down, attacking you in all sorts of places, but with help we can beat it. Regards.

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  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story Cherylmac! It is so encouraging to hear about how you are living life and feeling so good. I know your story will be such an encouragement to our community. Thank you for being part of our community! Kelly, Team member

  • Eebtool
    2 years ago

    *** insert a happy dance here ***
    Many warriors with RA make it a win with the help of modern medication.
    Feels good to know that at 72 life is not over for you.

  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    2 years ago

    Yes! Absolutely right. So glad that you are encouraged by this Eebtool, it’s nice to hear the stories of those who are living life while managing RA. Thank you for being here. Kelly, Team member

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