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I am a young women who has had the pleasure of living Rheumatoid Arthritis for the past 10 years. Before the onset of my illness, I was living a fabulous life, working a fast pace job with huge advancement opportunities, married, dressing in sassy outfits, sexy shoes and doing whatever I wanted, when I wanted. My favorite pass time was shopping, hanging out with the girls and getting out enjoying life. Then it hit me, and over the years it hit harder and harder. Eventually, I was no longer on my own time, I was on my body’s time. The outfits became less sassy and the shoes were nowhere near I had to stop working, more and more of my income had to go to medication/treatments, and the bed became a big part of my life.
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Fighting the Invisible
This is my story about fighting an invisible illness. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in March 2011, so this is a whole new scary experience for me. One that I’m going to share with the world…
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My name is Shannan. I am 26 yrs old. I currently live in NYC and am entering my last year of graduate school for my masters in social work. I work full-time at an agency providing services for babies with developmental delays. I am also planning a wedding to take place in the Summer of 2012. My fiance is amazing and although he doesn’t always know how to “help” me with my many pains, RA symptoms, fatigue moments and general moodiness, he tries his best and really that is all I can ask. I am at a point in my life where I can go many different directions, but  rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain & fatigue are always having to be considered. This blog will document my struggles and successes (hopefully more of the latter) as I navigate my later 20′s as a student, employee, friend, daughter, animal mommy and future newlywed…and all the “fun” that comes along with that.
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Bilateral Hip Replacement
I am 33 years old and received bilateral hip replacement surgery on 8th April 2011. Technically it’s really a Birmingham Mid Head Resection. (The McMinn Centre has some awesome info about the procedure) The decision to do this now rather than in a few years time took some time, consideration and a lot of research. There aren’t too many personal stories out there and there are a lot of people like me – so I have decided to share the journey in the hope that it’s useful to someone else.
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Luke’s JIA Journey
It’s hard to believe that it has been almost a year since this disease entered our lives. I started keeping a journal because I wanted to be able to look back and see all that Luke has been through. It has also helped me to keep track of the information that the doctors have given us, medications and tests. So here is our journey thus far.
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