Love Conquers All

Hi, my name is Bridget. I’m 43 yrs old. I have a beautiful daughter who is 2 yrs old for whom I am truly blessed & after a year of struggling with pain & weekly visits to my GP for pain relief in any form I could get, fighting with doctors to get a diagnosis. I was finally diagnosed with RA 2 months ago & the hardest part has been trying to come to terms with not having anymore children. I am however trying to be positive & realize how fortunate I am to have my beautiful little girl. She helps me get through each day

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  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Bridget ~

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story. I am also an RA mama – my boys are 1 and 3 – so I certainly understand the extra challenges that come with managing chronic illness and motherhood at the same time.

    Although I realize that age and overall health and well-being are also considerations, a diagnosis of RA does not necessarily preclude having more children. Both of my children were born after my RA diagnosis (I shared about my second RA pregnancy in detail on this site if you are interested: http://rheumatoidarthritis.net/author/mariah). I just want to encourage you to discuss all your options with your doctor – to make sure you are happy with your family planning decisions.

    Best of luck and remember that we are here to support you!
    ~Mariah~ (Site Moderator)

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