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My RA Story

Hi, My name is Christina and I’m 37 years old I have been married 20 years and have 3 teenage boys.

I will start my story from the start it was November 2008 and my Daddy had a massive heart attack and almost died 3 times that night. He was very sick in ICU for weeks and when he got a little stronger he had triple bypass surgery. Every thing went great at that time and then he got a infection in his wound \. So he was rushed in surgery and had a 12% chance to live. It was touch and go for a long time. And during this time I was working part time taking care of the boys and my Mommy that don’t drive. So for 4 months I did this and was getting ready to go to California for work. During my crazy week in LA I was so tired I just thought I was getting sick . So when I got home I took a couple days off work to rest but I just got worse So we just thought it was the Flu. Finally I went to the doctor and he started doing tons of test. And to my shock he called me and said its RA. I didn’t even know what that was. So that started my new life of medicines , infusion and trying to keep working. But that didn’t last long after 3 years I couldn’t work.

So now 5 years later I’m on disability . My Rheumatologist is great. I’m currently on Orencia infusion , Mxt shots, Vicodin ,and Skelaxin.

At this time I’m off my Orencia and Mxt waiting on surgery on my ankle . Thank You for reading my story.

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  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi Christina – Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story. It sounds like you have been through a lot. I am really glad to hear that you like your rheumatologist, though, as that is so important! I hope that the surgery on your ankle goes well and helps give you some extra relief. I’m glad that you have found our community. Remember that we are here to support you! Hang in there!

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