Maggie's Story

I was diagnosed with RA 3 yrs. ago. In retrospect, I believe I've had it much longer, but the doctors never hit on it. I am now almost 66 yrs. old. I am not on any biologics. I never have been. Four family members have had lymphoma and I surely did not want to ask for trouble by taking something that might cause it.

Both of my hands are deformed, although I still work full time milking cows. Each day is a challenge. I never know how I'm going to feel when I first get up in the morning, but I know I must. I believe that if i did not have my job my hands as well as other parts of my body would be in much worse shape. The exercise is what keeps me going. As for the mood swings, it is terrible but I have learned to accept it. it's not fun, but that is the way it is. In the long run, I guess I know what is going to do me in eventually but at least I am aware. I wish those around me could understand what it is like. It is impossible to describe.

Believe me when I say to everyone that I know what you're going through and it is not fun but keep your chin up! Better days are coming!!

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