Cassie

Cassie Lane

Real Profiles of Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Name?

Cassie Lane

Age?

26

Location?

Coventry, Connecticut, United States

How long have you lived with RA?

I was diagnosed quite recently, but I can only guess as I have had many symptoms for the past 4-5 months.

What advice would you give to someone who has just been diagnosed with RA?

Try your best to stay positive and find some humor in it. Life’s too short to look at what you don’t have, or what you are unable to do. If you have kids, watch them grow and learn. If you feel you are “too young” to have RA, find a positive perspective, think of all the people you can help just by listening and being supportive. If you are spiritual, pray or meditate.

Do you use any mobility aids?

Braces.

How has living with RA helped to improve your life?

It has actually made me very grateful. For my children, my husband especially, I was afraid with something like this he would become frustrated and leave. But he’s had my back 100%!! And the kids are great help too!!

Do you have any visible signs of RA?

I walk very stiff and sort of limp a lot. I have incredible difficulty bending either of my legs just to sit down, getting up is even worse lol. Also, packages…they suck, cannot open them very well.

Can you please describe some of your favorite coping strategies for living with RA?

Looking at what I still have rather than what I do not. A lot of self talk/reassurance. Writing seems to help as well! Helping others whether it’s RA related or not, there’s always somebody who is worse off than you.

Can you please describe your current medical (traditional and alternative) treatments?

I have not seen a rheumatologist yet, the only thing I am taking is Motrin 600 to curb the pain. I also do a lot of yoga to help stretch and release tension. Much meditation to relax my mind and nerves.

Is there anything else about yourself that you would like to share?

I was also diagnosed with MS in early 2010, so upon hearing that I could have TWO autoimmune disorders really threw me for a loop. It’s been a ride but I am determined to stay strong and live a healthy, active life.

4 Comments
4 comments
  1. HayWire0831 says:

    Cassie, I really love your positive attitude. It really is all about staying positive. I have a hard time with that when I’m hurtin’, but I try. I live for my family and that’s what keeps me going. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Moselle says:

    I agree, your positive attitude is really encouraging. Keep up the fight! We’re all fighting with you. =)

  3. Mombeenthere says:

    I have always wondered how it will affect my kids having a disabled mom…new within the last 4 years. The girls are 14-22-24. the older two are fine and away @ college leaving the burden of early teen transition and worrying about her mom (I spent most of this past fall in the hospital and multiple surgeries the last 4 years incl breast CA treatment.Emily definitily has had to grow up fast in order to survive all this with me. I just hope the stress of it all doesn’t show up in some negative form…I try not to talk about my aches and pains too much around her but she is always around my hubby and I and sometimes I just have to vent. The look on her face is enough to break my heart I know she remembers the active energetic mom before RA to hold.She never got to share in that best part of me.

  4. amaara says:

    I was diagnosed with RA 6 years ago and i have completely cured myself today! I visited several rheumatologists and tried every medication available to me in those 6 years but each day i was miserable. i went to 12 different doctors. Today all i can say is its a miracle i got out of it…i am 28. My advice to you is please get checked seriously for food allergies immediately and when you know there positive leave all those foods asap. Food triggers an allergy response in our body which causes acid build up which later gets deposited into our joints. Drink 1 tsp baking soda in water each time you feel alot of pain. My main triggers were dairy, onions, garlic. also take an anti allergy pill daily with the key ingredient pheniramine.

    i cured my RA within ten days and was able to leave all meds which included methotrexate prednisone etc etc.
    hope this helps! my condition was alot worse then you…i could barely walk..anyone who as RA knows the pain and suffering we go through.

    Good Luck

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