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24 Responses to “Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis: Weathering RA”

    1. MissDazey says:

      I love warm weather, never have liked the cold. Nice post, very cheerful.

    2. Kelly says:

      Thank you for your encouragement. 😀

    3. Noelle says:

      Yes! I can visualize this! I must remember to remain buoyant and to persevere. Thank you, Kelly.

    4. marykhris says:

      What a beautiful way to say it! and so you, too.
      And the border looks kinda like lace,cool. 8)

    5. Jack says:

      Very nice, upbeat post. Continued good luck to you, and for some additional perspective and inspiration, I invite you to check out this short video — — about the “aha moment” of a woman with RA that changed her outlook on life. I think you’ll enjoy it and hope you’ll also check out the rest of the site, which was created by Mutual of Omaha to highlight inspirational stories, good works, and “aha moments” of all kinds.


    6. Kelly says:

      Thanks Jack,
      I like how she said her faith helped her to "weather" it all!
      She has a lovely grateful attitude.

    7. Kimberley says:

      Not to be negative nelly, but I hate the weather. Bad weather anyway. When there is a low pressure storm coming our way, my right foot and knee blow up and it feels like they will literally implode. The pressure is like someone pumping air into the joint until I am sure it will explode!! It hurts sooooo bad and does not pass until the storm does. I know it sounds weird, but its true. So the weather is a very important part of how I plan my life.

      • Ahhh Kimberley, that is not negative – a lot of people with RA do feel physical changes when the air pressure is changing. Does it help you when you go somewhere where there is more “no weather” days like the southwest? Maybe you could move someday?

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    9. LisaR says:

      Thank you for such an encouraging post!

    10. Kristi says:

      I am so glad you put this up again. I went walking today and it was so painful-When I read the end of this post I was encouraged. Those days of just doing what I want without pain this is truly what I pray for for everyone with RA-even a couple.

    11. Nikki says:

      I love the way that was put. I will use it everyday to keep up positive spirits. Somedays I feel like a beach ball anyways so may as well be buoyant!! 😀

    12. I just stumbled on this website and have to say how helpful all of its postings were today. I am struggling with severe RA and have been on Rituxan infusions without tremendous success. I am now out of work on disability and it is hard not to have a daily pity party. Thank you for letting me know that I’m far from being alone and perking up my day. I will continue to check this site and thank you again for defining my feelings so well. Let’s hope the sun shines for all of us.

    13. Cindy Fankhanel says:

      I think this is precious, thanks I am a believer in God too, and I know that the pain and suffering are nothing compared to what He went through for us on calvary, but I know if anyone understands other than others w RA it is Him ..happy Easter thank you for being the avvocate for RA you are! Know I am behind you in prayers , thoughts .. when I can i plan on buying gifts for my family from the site to help out the cause too..We NEED A CURE!!!!!

    14. patricia smith says:

      Hi, I was diagnosed with ra one year ago. After being off work for 5 months and starting and stopping several medications I have found some relief with humira. I am an ob tech,which is basically a jack of all trades in a labor and delivery unit. A very physcial and fast paced job. I work three 12 hour shifts a week and spend a 48 hour shift each week taking care of my 91 year old mother who has dementia I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to keep up this pace. My boss told me that maybe I needed to go on permanent disability. I asked to go part time August of 2011. I’m still full time. It’s very sad to work for a hospital and not feel that they care about there employees. After all they are just another business.

    15. cbrown says:

      I’ve been reading around your site, and I haven’t seen anything about my question. may I ask?

      this seems SO weird, but I started having RA about three years ago. for the first two years, I had awful flares on and around the solstices… so strange. then this year, I had one also on the vernal equinox!

      has anyone ever experienced this timing? my Rh doc has not heard of it, and thankfully does not appear to see me as a total weirdo because of it. (he’s the best – if you are in N CA I heartily recommend him!)

    16. Catherine says:

      You have a beautiful soul Kelly!
      Thank you so much. I am sitting on my sofa wearing wrist supports on both hands – trying to drink coffee.
      Needed to read those wonderful words.

    17. Deborah Kelly says:

      I used to be bouyant. Now I am resigned. No treatment works well now and I become more disabled and in more pain every day. Nearly 30 years of rheumatoid side will do that to you.

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