Jeff Reinke

Jeff Reinke

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Real Profiles of Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Jeff Reinke




La Verne, California, United States

How long have you lived with RA?

I was diagnosed in 2008.

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

Get your support system together as soon as possible. Get a list of questions together to ask your Doctor and don’t feel pushed out of their office. To many times early in my visits I would feel rushed then as soon as I would get to my car I remembered a question that wasn’t answered.

Do you use any mobility aids?


How has living with RA helped to improve your life?

Wow what a question, well I always get a great parking spot with my handicap Plaque. Seriously I guess I can say to slow down, I love to build projects in my garage. With my hands hurting I have to split my projects into smaller more achievable goals.

Do you have any visible signs of RA?

My fingers point in a couple different directions and swollen hands.

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

Laughter, Love and support of my family. And understanding that I define myself I will not let RA define me.

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

Plaqnil, Enbrel and I started a supplement routine in August with good results.

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

I work full time in the construction industry as a sales/tech rep. I have good and bad days but thanks to my two kids and my amazing bride of 20 years I’m a survivor. Together with knowledge and support you can get through it.

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Comments 5

  1. KellyRH

    Jeff – Thanks for sharing your story. As a newbie to RA, it is interesting to hear everyone’s personal story to fully understand how unique and personal this disease seems to be. I am still in the frustrated stage and working to identify my physical limits, but I understand that and balancing the meds will come with time. I hope today and the days to come are good ones.

  2. Deb aka abcsofra

    I so appreciate you sharing you story. It never ceases to amaze me at the strength and determination that chronic illness brings out in people and the many diverse ways we tend to use to keep going.

  3. Cathy

    Great story Jeff. Slowing down has been a great side effect of RA for me too. Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with us here.

  4. Tina

    I just love reading your story, it gives me hope and as you know all to well, that’s something we all need. Thanks for sharing:-)

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