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RA and all that means

I was diagnosed in 1986 at the age of 37. I knew absolutely nothing about this disease and didn’t know anyone with RA. I began my journey into the world of RA and all the issues that come with it. I was very fortunate to have a great Rheumatologist who really helped me to understand what was going on with my body. At the time of my diagnosis, I worked full time, had 2 teenage children and a husband that traveled a lot for his job. There was so much happening for me at the time, I really struggled to find a way to cope. As I started treatment and tried to get this under control, I very quickly found that as soon as things start getting better, my health insurance changed and I found myself dealing with one more problem beyond my control. As the years went by I felt my body was my worst enemy. I have developed many problems and diseases related to RA and/or medicine I was taking. Now I’m into my 30th years of dealing with it and I’m still surprised when a new problem crops up. I know my condition could be much worse and am very fortunate to have the support of my family, friends, the medical staffs and most of all my wonderful, loving, and caring husband. He has been with me though all good, bad and ugly. I’m grateful for this site and enjoy learning from the information.

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  • Richard Faust moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story RosalieB. First let me echo Kelly Dabel’s comments on your support system. I am the husband of someone who has had RA most of her life (Kelly Mack, a contributor here) and I always appreciate hearing about supportive spouses and families. Thought you (and maybe your husband) might like this article where Kelly interviewed me about being married to someone with RA:

    You mention still managing to be surprised by RA, so thought you might also be interested in this article compiling thoughts from the community on RA surprises:

    Wishing you the best and glad to have you as a member of the community. Richard ( Team)

  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story RosalieB. You have been through so much. You are not alone here. So glad to hear that you have such a great support network around you and a great medical team. We appreciate you being part of our community! Kelly, Team Member

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