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How RA Helped My Life!

Hello My name is Tammy and it’s so hard to live with RA, but what most people do not think is how RA has made them a stronger person. I have noticed over the years that I could cope with things better than my friends and family. I have a hard day and I just pick myself back up and dust myself off. I am a very strong women and I believe I wouldn’t be the same person if I didn’t have RA. I have my bad days just like the next person but I try not to fixate on the bad and try and make the best of it. I am also a very positive person and it rubs off onto my family and friends. I am writing this so someone who is going through a rough time can read this and look forward to it getting better because it will get better. My pain is always rough but if I always think and complain about my pain it will only make it worse. For anyone who feels alone or feels like no one understands just know there are people who do understand. This is a great community and there will always be someone to talk and help you through your rough times. If anyone needs help or just wants to talk just comment on any of my stories and I will see them as soon as I can. Thank you for your time.

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  • Eebtool
    3 years ago

    Hey Tammy,
    Glad you are able to keep your spirits up on those bad days.
    Remember that it is OK from time to time, and not because you deserve to, but because it is part of dealing with life changing disease, to yell, stomp, kick, cuss, scream, whine, pout, bitch, throw something, – – – – – , what ever it takes to let it out.
    Than dust yourself off, put on a smile and face the day with a twinkle in your eyes.
    We only be human and have to make the best of it!

  • Richard Faust moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Tammyrstevens17. Thought you would like to know that there is actual research that a positive attitude can help rheumatoid arthritis patients! This article talks about it and other aspects of being positive: Looks like you are already on the road to helping yourself.

    Look forward to seeing you in the community. Keep us posted on how you are doing. Best, Richard ( Team)

  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing Tammy! Your positive attitude is very inspiring. So glad that you have supportive family and friends around you and that you are able to keep your positive outlook and have it rub off on others. We appreciate you being part of our community and we’re so glad to hear that our community has been helpful to you. Thank you for doing your part to encourage others who may be struggling. Please let us know if you ever have any questions we can answer, we’re here to support you. Kelly Dabel, RD – Team

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