Perseverance in Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis

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a gift of large Florida lemonsWhat keeps you fighting?

I tried to quit…

At one point, I thought I would be fired as a professional patient. No such luck. I’ve also tried to quit Rheumatoid Arthritis. Maybe you remember my Eject Button. I tried to quit another chronic illness once. Maybe you read my ostrich jokes. I haven’t had a lot of success at quitting.

Once I was also tempted to quit the blog. That lasted about an hour.  My odd list of things that keep me going: God, patients, mean people, and children.


1) God inspires me to fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

I’m thankful that God has helped me know that my life is valuable and has a purpose. This is the first thought I turn to when I’m tempted to despair. I can never be completely alone since His love does not waver.

2) Patients inspire me to fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

Every day, patients inspire me in my own fight against Rheumatoid Arthritis and to blog on! There is no way to say how grateful I am for the chance to know such fierce and lovely people! The most inspiring thing of all is when another RA’er decides to fight RA because of seeing others fighting on this site!

Here’s one:

I must say that as a newly diagnosed sufferer of RA, this site has brought me much comfort and reassurance. I was diagnosed with RA in November and it is today after coming across this site that I have actually built up enough courage to start the DMARD treatment. Since my diagnosis I’ve been taking Celebrex to ease the pain… it’s not really helping that much. I too was afraid of the side effects of the DMARD meds. My RA has gotten to a point that I can no longer deny the fact that I need to start treatment or lose my mobility all together. I want to thank you for all of the information that you have posted on this site and in such a humorous way. I’ve found it most helpful in helping me decide my next steps in fighting this disease.

How could I quit knowing that?

Finding out I’m not alone on that swelling post helped me, too:

Just wanted to say Thank You! For this site!! I was diagnosed with RA about a year ago and reading the responses/articles, etc is like reading my own life story! I thought I was going crazy and felt so alone but after finding this site I feel sooo much better and sane! The swelling part really hit home-I have a great deal of pain and stiffness in the morning in my hands but not much swelling and my dr. says the exact things I read here; “Have you tried an antidepressant?” “I don’t know why you say it hurts – there’s no swelling”, etc. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

3) Mean people make me want to fight back

Many responses to Rheumatoid Arthritis are insensitive and inappropriate. We laugh about it as much as possible – here are some gems. Comments inspire me to never give up until the whole world knows the truth about RA. One reader wrote: The worst comments for me are “See a psychiatrist, if it weren’t in your head, the doctors could help you. You always hurt when I need something. You like being sick or you would find a way to fix it.”

Thank you to those people who say ugly things like that to people with RA. You put a fire inside of me that no one can put out.

4) Children inspire me to fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

If those inspirations wane, I have one more. I will never quit my fight because my children will always motivate me. I cannot describe it better than Charlotte does at the end of her story:I want the kids to be able to fight this monster with a vengeance if need be. I am going to be the new face of RA. This journey has been one of great sadness and joy. I am in a much better position than my poor loved ones were in when battling this disease. I am winning and have no plans of ever giving up. We need to find a cure and that is why I am here.

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This blog is my submission to a blog carnival on Sweta’s blog. I hope you’ll visit her blog. Sweta has been a support at times when I needed encouragement.

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