Lately, I’m getting more mail and messages from the newly diagnosed. Rheumatoid Arthritis is such a complicated diagnosis to handle. There is so much to figure out, I’ve often joked that we ought to get a degree and little letters after our name: RA.
Answering emails and messages is an enjoyable part of my day because I love hearing more of your voices and stories. Every day, I meet fascinating, compassionate, and buoyant warriors who melt my heart. And I often cry with the newly diagnosed with RA.
Of course, I can never write everything I want to say because there is never enough time. That’s actually why I started the website. I thought that it might save some time if I could write out a post and then be able to just give someone a link. Are you laughing out loud at this point? If you know me very well and how much time I spend working on the site, you are rolling on the floor – or at least rolling your eyes.
A list of newly diagnosed Rheumatoid Arthritis questions
Here’s my idea: a Newly Diagnosed RA page can help those don’t know what to ask or do or read first. I hope it can be like the You Are Here map when you walk into a new mall. Only much less fun.
This week, I’m working on my newly diagnosed page. What questions would you ask if you were newly diagnosed? What do you wish someone told you? I will use your comments as I finalize the page.
Are you newly diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis?
If you are newly diagnosed with RA yourself, you might want to look over the RA 101: Basic Rheumatoid Arthritis Information pages that answer some basic RA questions from a patient’s viewpoint. Another good place to start is the Methotrexate and Rheumatoid Arthritis pages since this is the most prescribed RA treatment. If you are looking for a friend with RA, you might want to try our friendly RA Facebook group. If you want to read more, you can find every post in the category “Newly Diagnosed” here with this link.
Being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis is hard. There’s no real RA easy button, but two things that will help you most are information and companionship. My advice: Keep asking questions. Try not to become isolated: connect with others who understand what you are enduring. Take it one day at a time.