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Living Rheum Journals
For four months I have been battling my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was pulled from all previous meds as they were not working & giving me terrible side effects.  I have tried many oral medications to no avail.  The inflammation is no better, the pain is still very much present & the fatigue is always a reminder of how badly this disease can wear one down.  I haven’t given up but the fight against the disease has been exhausting.
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The Lynamber Times on PNN
My thesis is that one can choose to celebrate or mourn one’s lot in life, and there is always justification for either. And it’s going to hurt whether I sit home ,or go out and have a good time. Probably less, in fact. If I can’t make it today, I’ll go tomorrow or the next day.
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Notes from Oklahoma
It has been over a year since I entered the world of full-blown Rheumatoid Arthritis. There were signs earlier, but it was December 30th, 2009, when I sought help because of the intense pain and swelling in my hands and feet. Last year at this time I was still enjoying the benefits of a hefty steroid shot and would be begging for one every other month if I knew the docs would allow it. But steroids are not the solution and the side affects too great.
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Mommy with Rheumatoid Arthritis
It was the summer of 2005, when I was 25 years old, the first signs of this awful debilitating disease hit me.  My right wrist was flared one morning. (aching, red, and simply stuck)  There was limited mobility and initially I thought, I must of sprained it somehow.  A few days past and the pain got worse to a point where it was not possible to drive (manual transmission).  Dreading to go to the doctors, I went. He then sent me for  blood tests and my RA Factor came back at 300 when it should be around 90 and so there it was, on paper, my initial diagnosis.
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A Charmed Life
Because I know you are all on the edge of your seats I’m going to tell you about my doctor appointment today. It was 70 degrees here. When I woke up this morning I felt good. No aches. “Ay crap.” I think to myself . She’s going to push my joints and they’ll be just fine. Then she’ll tell me I’m a nut job and send me home. This was not the case. We talked for a long time about my “history”. She said it was okay that I felt good today. She said that it is common for people traveling down from the cold arctic (Alaska) say they feel better here in sunny California.My doctor came to the conclusion that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
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From The Archives

My Body: Loss, Grief, And Recovery
June 1, 2009

Grieving BatmanIn order to work through these losses that I continue to experience as a result of my life with rheumatoid arthritis, I must allow myself to the opportunity to grieve.

I just finished reading On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Grief, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler. (I love it when things start falling into place!) Although this book was originally written to address the grief of death, it’s principles are perfectly suited  to many other aspects of life,  including the losses associated with chronic illness. (Death is just one of the many losses we experience in life.)

What are the five stages of grief?

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RA ChicksThanks to Niki for sharing this blog post yesterday on the RA Chicks: Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis Facebook page. It was nice to re-read the post myself and to participate in the discussion that was going on around the topics of loss, grieving, and acceptance. If you aren’t already a fan of RA Chicks, you should be!

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