Day by day, step by limping step

I was first diagnosed in 2013, after visiting an orthopedist for wrist pain. I worked in a surgery center at the time, so was familiar with the doctor and trusted her. The x-rays came back negative, so labs were done and my numbers were through the roof. She told me I almost certainly had Rheumatoid Arthritis, and sent in a referral to the only rheumatologist in town. Shortly after, my father passed away. Needless to say, the stress didn’t help with the pain or the fear. All I could do was take things day by day.
It was a relief to finally know why I had been fighting mind numbing fatigue for the past year, and even though the medication was terrifying, I was thankful to have some answers.
Now I’ve been dealing with this disease for almost four years. I try to listen to my body, and rest when I need to, but I would be a great extra on any zombie movie. You need someone to shuffle slowly and groan a lot? That’s me!
Some days I limp, but I always put one foot in front of the other. Life is not always easy, but I’ve found humor to be the best defense. I try to make fun of this disease and what it’s doing, because it’s either laugh at the monster under the bed or curl up in a ball and hide under the covers.
If I could give one piece of advice to people just being diagnosed, it would be this: don’t give up. Life may have changed for you, but that doesn’t mean it has ended. There is always hope.

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  • Lauren Tucker moderator
    2 years ago

    Piplover,
    Thanks so much for sharing your story here! We are sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but glad to hear that you are listening to your body, that can be very important.
    The process of getting a definitive diagnosis can be frustrating, and the stress of losing your Dad, we are so sorry to hear about his passing.
    You are in our thoughts and we are glad to have you here and please reach out anytime!
    Warmly, Lauren (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

  • 2mra
    2 years ago

    I agree! I try to find something funny to laugh at everyday, even if I’m feeling down. It helps a lot. Good for you!

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