Making Lemonade: Happy Fifth Anniversary RA

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Well it’s been officially five years since I’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Happy anniversary!! I think… Who would I be without RA? Well, most likely I would be working full time, hardly ever seeing my children. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to continue homeschooling the children after my husband left. I probably wouldn’t be living here either. Wow. It’s hard to think where I would be right now if there wasn’t RA.

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What a great idea, celebrating the anniversary of your RA diagnosis! Thank you for sharing…now I’ll have to go figure out my diagnosis date so that I too can celebrate my RA anniversary.

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  1. Sara

    While I appreciate a positive attitude, this seems insane to me. CELEBRATING?

    RA has pretty much ruined my life. I can’t quit my job or work from home, so I spend my days at work in pain and my sacrifices come in my personal life- my social life has dwindled, and the pain in my hands keeps me from doing most of the hobbies I’ve had my entire adult life. I can remember the exact day and moment I was diagnosed the same way I remember horrible tragedies. I wish I could forget.

    Maybe some day I’ll reach a point where I can celebrate being forced to make life choices that go against every fiber of my type-A ambitious personality, but for now it’s just gonna make me angry.

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    RA Guy

    Like Mallen, who wrote this post on celebrating the fifth anniversary of her RA diagnosis, I can relate.

    Having RA enter my life is not a choice that I was able to make…but once it became a part of my life, how I respond to this painful and chronic illness is within my control. So I choose to continue to make the most of my life with RA, and to be as positive as I can be.

    As many of us have written, embracing and accepting this illness can force us to become better individuals in many ways. I think it is this aspect that we celebrate, and not the pain, emotional roller coaster rides, loss of joint use, etc.

    I don’t think anyone has ever said that living with RA is easy, but if we all continue to share our personal struggles, we can indeed help each other to live a little better with RA.

  3. Jessica Garcia

    Sara, I can relate. I was diagnosed with RA in 1998, and I still feel angry with the disease because of what I can’t do anymore. Like you, my hands ache, but especially my wrists. I try to be positive because I know that the people around me will be positive as well.

    Last year I reached my tenth year with “Old Arthur.” I joked with my rheumy that I deserved a cake with candles.

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