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Trials and Triumphs

I have been on this website for the past 5 months and finally I want to share. I was dx with RA last April by my primary and saw my now rheumatologist in Aug., who confirmed a mild-mod. case of ser-neg. RA.

This RA pain is very specific and very painful. I also have had other chronic conditions that cause pain and fatigue. I have been disabled for 18 yrs. I did not want another dx that added to my already daily pain and fatigue.

I found myself saying ‘why me, why do I get MORE! I can’t and don’t want to do this.’ So much fear. So much anger. So many tears. Another process of loss and letting go. I’ve done this way too often.

So I’ve been lurking on these pages when I feel especially low. I feel better when I read of your trials, tribulations and triumphs. I then know I am one of a membership that is brave one day at a time, no matter the pain and fatigue levels.

Thank each of you who show up on and contribute to these pages. And to those who are reading these pages I wish you hope and healing.

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  • Carla Kienast
    3 years ago

    Hi KarenKaye:

    I hope you’ll not only continue to lurk but continue to share your journey with us. The first few months after a diagnosis are really hard. It’s like being thrown into the deep end of a pool and you’re flailing around trying to find the bottom. I have faith that you’ll find your equilibrium and this is a great site to help you do that. It’s hard to celebrate the good days, but having a diagnosis means that you can now start on a treatment plan, and that’s a good thing. (Yes, I know that sometimes it’s also a difficult thing, but a good thing overall.) Thanks for posting.

  • karenkaye author
    3 years ago

    Thank you Carla. You are so kind to respond to my writing and it means a lot to me.

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hello KarenKaye!

    Thank you SO much for sharing your story here. We are so glad you found our community – thank you for being such an encouraging member of our group here! We really appreciate your sharing – and are so glad you are able to find support here. As you know, we welcome you to come by any time.

    Thinking of you and wishing you our best!

    Jenn (Community Manager, Team)

  • karenkaye author
    3 years ago

    Thank you for your support. It means so much to me that you responded to my writing.

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