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Cytokines Within
I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in Feb 2012 (at age 29) after about 3 years of mild symptoms and 1 year of aggressively active disease. I’ve now developed secondary fibromyalgia as well. It has turned my life upside down. Before RA, I was a full-time student majoring in molecular biology, dreaming of a PhD down the road. I hope to still do that some day, but for now I have to take things one day at a time. Some day I’d love to research climate change and possibly help develop new energy/fuel and bioremediation solutions. I love nature and don’t want to see it destroyed.
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Hurt Blogger
When I was 7 years old I got strep throat, mostly I was disappointed because I was wasn’t able to stay in summer camp that week. Then 2 months later I fell off my bike and cracked my skull, the ER thought I had been hit by a car – I did that good of a number on myself. Before I knew it everything went haywire. My neck began growing a nasty red lump that local docs termed “mini mumps” – that’s not even real. They eventually slapped a gown on me and threw me in the hospital, and when the bump wouldn’t leave they cut it out, still perplexed. After about a month of weird symptoms I finally woke up in the middle of the night with my ankles and wrists locked so tight that I couldn’t walk. Reactive arthritis. Rhuematic fever. But this was all debated! My parents and I were called hypochondriacs and told “we didn’t want me to have this disease.” No shit.
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Ra Ra Rad Life
I was diagnosed with RA in May 2012 and since my world has fallen and crashed into a million pieces. I will write as I pick up, rearrange, and create a new masterpiece. If Steve Wynn can stick his elbow through a Picasso and survive I think I can get through this too!
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The Life of a Porcelain Doll
I’m 20 years old and I’m a fourth year student at the University of Toronto. I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when I was eleven and fibromyalgia when I was fifteen.
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RAthlete: An Optimist Blogger
With Arthritis we are confronted with many decisions, many obstacles, and many defeats. However, we are also met with challenges, opportunities to rise above, and moments of pure happiness. Accompanied with defeat is our true self, the person forced to show due to adversity. I have found that in the darkest of moments I discover my priorities; I finally understand why I’m doing what I do.
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I keep forgetting I am ill. I forget it for days at a time. I run around at a speed reminiscent of my 30’s. I feel twenty years younger, which is a nice change of pace. I used to feel ancient, ready for death. Not anymore. My illness brings me up short. Literally. It stops me cold and won’t let me forget for long. It is selfish and narcissistic. It likes to be front and center; it doesn’t appreciate being shoved aside. It derives its satisfaction from reminding me of my limitations.
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RA My Way
A diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can be scary. Being diagnosed as a child or at a young age can be downright daunting and terrifying. I saw it as a lifetime sentence of increasing pain and immobility compounded with cocktails of medication.
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Chronic Brevity: Living with Scleroderma
The focus of my blog is going to change a bit and I ask for your patience as I navigate through this new world of “online blogging.” I still intend to spread awareness of these terrible disease(s), keep you posted on my progress and pitfalls and more importantly I hope to now provide a forum where others who suffer from chronic illness can come get support, advice, or just a good laugh cause they know where I’m coming from.
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Rude Awakenings: Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis
My name is Jessica Hawk-Tillman. In January 2010, I was officially diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. At that time, I knew nothing about the disease, or autoimmune illness in general, but that changed quickly.
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