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Life with RA

From the age of 34 I’ve been living with RA… I’m now 41 and I can honestly say life has been very challenging to say the least!
The last 3 years I’ve spent 18 weeks of that in plaster after tendon repair on my right thumb, and 2 operations on my left thumb, CMC joint fusion the last operation just recently 4th February so I’m still in plaster! That’s over 4 months of my life in plaster! This is because the early stages of being diagnosed I was in denial, I had a problem with coming to terms with the diagnosis, and I used to over do it and push myself through the pain! All because I couldn’t get my head around RA I was young and very active… And it hit me very hard!!
So now I’ve learnt to respect the disease and listen to my doctor, been to a few RA meetings, to be with people that know what I’m going through… Listening and learning, and it’s starting to help.
I hope I never have to be in plaster again!

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  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    4 years ago

    Hi JoJo ~
    Thanks so much for taking the time to share your story. It does sound like things have been very challenging for you. I am glad that you have found are community. Please hang in there and remember that we are here to support you!

  • Carolyn Haney
    4 years ago

    Hoping you can stay plaster free for as long as possible. Thank you for the reminder to not overdo and try to push through the pain, I needed this reminder.

  • JoJo author
    4 years ago

    Hi Carolyn
    I came out of plaster today

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