Being Blessed While Having Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Twitter, RA, and Coincidental Blessings

Having Rheumatoid Arthritis can lead to depression. We’ve talked about RA and depression before. However, most people with Rheumatoid Arthritis work so hard to stay optimistic that they tend to be quite cheerful. Every day, I am encouraged by the bright and hopeful RA’ers I met.

Sometimes, I don’t even know they are RA’ers – at least at first…

A few months ago, I saw a very encouraging tweet on Twitter and looked at the string of authors (re-tweeters). I clicked on the links to the Tweeters pages to see whether I might follow one of them. I chose to follow one woman. The lady’s profile page said she was a homeschooler and a writer. Looking over her encouraging tweets, I guessed she might be a Christian.

Next thing I knew, the woman was commenting on the RA Warrior blog and messaging me about Rheumatoid Arthritis. She’d been diagnosed with RA for 12 years. She assumed I’d heard about her having Rheumatoid Arthritis and followed her for that reason. I had to tell her: I had NO idea you had RA. I just thought you looked like a sweet person to follow.

Last month, I was tweeting about the Ares rocket launch that was the first step in the experimental system which will lead to the replacement for the Space Shuttle. I live near the Kennedy Space Center and I love all things space. Another space tweeter recommended me as a space tweeter to a third woman who’s an astrophysicist.

I barely had time to notice and enjoy following them back, when I noticed a strange coincidence: a wonderful new comment on the blog with the same name as the lady scientist. You guessed it. She has Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Having Rheumatoid Arthritis and knowing God cares

There are times in life when we wonder whether we are on the right track. Other times, it’s more obvious that God is leading us. Writing this blog about Rheumatoid Arthritis can seem like a daunting task at times. It helps immeasurably to see the relationships and connections that follow – often without human orchestration.

Social media has helped me to connect in some extraordinary ways with readers of this blog. There’s a fellow RA’er who recently donated toward the expenses of this website. There’s the fantastic surprise I had the other morning when I woke up and found I’d been nominated for Most Educational Person to Follow. And just yesterday, I got a package in the mail from an RA’er who sent me some special socks to wear to my first Orencia infusion.

If you are not already following me on Twitter, you can click on the blue birdie button at the top of the page. We have an amazingly supportive and informative Facebook group. If you aren’t a FB Fan yet, there’s a button on the sidebar.  I hope you can feel as blessed as I do by connecting with others having Rheumatoid Arthritis. :-)

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Updated 3/30/10.

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