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  • By Lauren Tucker Keymaster

    This month we’re talking about how pets can affect our RA or how they can help it! If you have a pet, tell us how your pet helps you cope with your RA. Don’t have a pet? Then tell us what comforts you when you are having a flare or in pain.

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  • By lindanewland

    I would have probably killed myself by now if not for my 2 little dogs – one of whom is in my lap right now. In addition to the RA I have 2 serious heart diseases and am still trying to muddle through working full time. Thankfully I work at home which does help simplify things. They give me tremendous comfort and seem to know when I am having a particularly bad day. Just having them in my lap relaxes me and makes me feel better. I live alone and having to care for them will get me moving.

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    • By Lauren Tucker Keymaster

      lindanewland,

      Thanks so much for your post in our forums! We are glad to have you here. So sorry to hear that on top of your RA you have 2 serious heart diseases. We are here to support you anytime!

      We are certainly proud of you and your efforts to continue to work while living with RA, it is great your work is flexibile too!!

      We understand that RA can be challenging, and we are glad that your dogs keep you moving and give you a great sense of love and comfort. I am sure that they love you very much and love making you feel as best you can!

      Thanks for being part of our community.
      Lauren (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member)

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    • By Eebtool

      lindanewland,
      Hope you and your little pups are having a nice day.
      Are you able to get in some puppy play time, fetch a stick, or a short easy stroll so all 3 of you can get some fresh air?
      (I do not know your mobility status, so if getting out is difficult, I am sorry.)
      Dogs can be so cool, all they want to do is please their humans and ask for so little in return.

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    • By Lauren Tucker Keymaster

      Eebtool,

      You are right about dogs, all they want to do is please their humans!
      Thanks for joining the conversation and showing support to our community!

      Lauren (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

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  • By amyh

    Pets definitely enhance and better the life of a person with chronic illness. They are NATURAL HEALERS! To anyone questioning whether they should get a pet, I say yes and adopt or rescue because they need good homes!

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  • By Mariah Z. Leach Moderator

    Hi amyh ~

    I agree! My pup (adopted at 8 weeks) has been with me every step of the way – from diagnosis, to treatment, to changing treatment, to changing treatment again! She always seems to know when I’m not feeling well and does her best to help me feel better!

    ~Mariah~ (Site Moderator)

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