I’ve received several emails and messages from people living with Rheumatoid Disease (PRD) who have been divorced by a spouse, sometimes in part due to ways Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease affects them. It’s sad to hear from a woman who can’t figure out how she’ll provide for her kids, or a mother whose kids were removed by a husband fed up with a wife who can’t “work.” It’s equally sad to hear from a man abandoned when he can no longer accomplish what he did in the past.
One PRD asks: Is divorce one more loss from RA?
Does Rheumatoid Disease impact divorce?
The large Strand study on women with Rheumatoid Disease found “22% of divorced or separated respondents indicated that RA had at least some role in their decision.” So it makes sense that patients have brought it up many times. A couple of years ago, we looked at some statistics on divorce and Rheumatoid Disease, but the stories patients share tell the real story of divorce and RD.
Nothing with RD is simple, least of all marriage and divorce. But a challenge like RD can bring out the best in a spouse or make their selfishness and flawed character more obvious. And we have seen plenty of both.
Perhaps marriage is one more area where greater awareness could make a difference.
NOTE: Rheumatoid Awareness Day is just two weeks away – February 2. This year patients and organizations across the U.S. and in other countries are observing the second ever awareness day for RD. For updates on RPF sponsored Awareness Day events – click here. If you have a blog of any kind, please join our special blog carnival – What Would Rheumatoid Awareness Mean to You?
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