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Mad At Myself

I was diagnosed with RA when I was 20, a year after I had my daughter. I woke up one morning and felt like I was hit by a truck. I’m 44 years old now, and have had many struggles over the years with my disease. A lot of my battles were with my own body, wanting it to do things that it didn’t want to do. I think the most important thing that I’ve had to learn in my life is, that quality of life is more important than quantity of life. I’d rather be able to do the things that I enjoy and love now, than worry about if I’m going to be able to do them later on, down the road.

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  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    5 years ago

    Hi Kristi – Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story. I was also diagnosed at a young age and as a mom I also know that being a mom with arthritis is no picnic sometimes! But I also try to enjoy every day that I can! Hang in there and remember that we are here to support you!

  • Kelly Mack moderator
    5 years ago

    Thanks for your post Kristi. Totally agree with your philosophy. We need to enjoy life every day and try to worry less about the future of what may or may not happen with our disease. I think it is called living in the now so that we can enjoy it–looking to the past is living in the past while looking to the future is living in constant anxiety.

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