“You Look Fine” – a Wall of Confusion Surrounding Rheumatoid Disease
If you’ve been diagnosed with “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” then we have a short poll for you of patient experiences with this disease! But first a few words about why this site exists for all of us.
Overcoming the wall of misunderstanding around a disease
When I first started blogging about Rheumatoid Disease, I wrote about The Wall. In answer to an email from a good friend who wanted to know why I would “come out of the closet to blog about RA,” I explained I never meant to be in the closet about this disease. I was actually behind a wall. And then I explained why I believe The Wall around Rheumatoid disease exists:
Why the wall exists
Out of self-preservation, people with the disease naturally stop discussing it with others. Who wants to be insulted and dismissed? While they’re suffering the worst pain and weakness of their lives? Not me.
Of course, the blame for the wall lies with Rheumatoid disease itself for being mysterious, invisible, and surreptitious. After about four years of writing about it, reading research and talking to patients and researchers, I believe it is the most maligned and misunderstood condition. And the tremendous irony is that the disease is not rare.
Taking the wall down TOGETHER is doable!
Since I was very young, I think while I’m writing. And that’s what happened that day, May 20th 2009. I wrote out my approach to transcending The Wall, my goals for this site. You can read more about that on the About page or in that original post.
IMPORTANT: The poll is a short survey and you’ll need to complete it all at once because it will only record one entry from you. If you do NOT have Rheumatoid disease, please send this link to any Rheumatoid patient you know.
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