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  • #27637

    Ramomof2
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    I am a 28yr old, newly diagnosed mother of two babies. I’ve already terrified myself enough reading things online about this horrible disease. But I’m curious as to how long some people here have had it? And if you have had it for a long period of time do you certainly suffer other ailments that go along with it/caused by it? I.e. heart, lung, organ issues? Other auto immune disease? Thank you for your time, and responses.

  • #27643

    Richard Faust
    Moderator

    Sorry to hear about the diagnosis Romomof2, but glad you have come to a place you can get information and support. Your fear is completely understandable, but know that you can be treated and live a full, happy life. One of our contributors wrote a ten part series of things she would tell her newly diagnosed self. I highly recommend the entire series. The first article is on receiving and dealing with the diagnosis: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/no-1-its-just-a-diagnosis/.

    You ask about how long people have had the disease. My wife, Kelly Mack (a contributor here), was diagnosed at two years old and has had it for forty years now. She has seen many treatments over the years and how dramatically they have improved. In this article she writes about the evolution of RA treatments: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/the-evolution-of-ra-treatments/.

    Hopefully others can chime in with their experiences. Know that you are always welcome here. Wishing you the best. Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

  • #27664

    Ramomof2
    Participant

    Thank you Richard, for the response. Your kind words and links to those articles are so much appreciated! Definitely feels nice to be able to read through these forums and see that other people are struggling as well. Currently I’m only on Plaquenil now and prednisone. Fearful to lose the prednisone. 🙁 thanks again! Means a lot!

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