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The Challenges of RA when you’re an only Child

I’m a 58 year old woman, who has had RA for over 30 years. I’m now really seeing more difficulties. I hate it. I have grandchildren and I want to spend time with them, but it is difficult because I’m either in so much pain or I want to sleep. My father is still living and is 80 years young. He just suffered a heart attack on Monday. This is not what I need now. Plus on top of that he has stage 3 lung cancer and was suppose to start treatment next week. Plus on top of that I have a 39 year old son who lives in an apartment in our basement. He is legally blind and suffers from immune problems. He spent four and half years in Iraq. For myself I push my self to keep going because people need me. I don’t want the RA to win. There are days I could just stay in bed and never get up.

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  • Jenn Lebowitz
    4 years ago

    Hi Valerie,

    Wow, thank you so much for sharing your story. We’re sorry to hear how much you’re going through. It sounds like there are many intense challenges – and you sound like an incredibly strong person. Your family is so lucky to have you.

    You’re in the right place here. We’re glad you reached out and are part of this community. We want you to know you’re not alone. Any time you need support, or have questions or thoughts you want to express, please feel free to share here or contact us any time.

    We’ll be keeping you in our thoughts.

    Warm Regards,

    Jenn Lebowitz
    Community Manager,

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