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Rheumatoid Arthritis Support

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Another kind of Rheumatoid Arthritis Therapy

Before every meal, we say grace. Most families do that.  However, there’s a difference at my house.

No matter which of my children is praying, they add my Rheumatoid Arthritis. They pray like this: “Lord, please heal Momma.” They never forget.

It’s not like a duty. No one reminds them to do it. Yet they never forget.

I can’t remember when they started, but I think it was from the beginning of the “full blown” Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms. By the time I’d first gone to a rheumatologist, they had begun to pray this way. It was the most natural thing for them.

Living with RA was not something that they would just accept. So, they did the only thing they could. They asked God to take it away.

It’s that simple: compassion, concern, and then commitment.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis compared to devotion

The children did not plan to do this. I know they don’t even talk about it. But I am sure that it will continue as long as I am living with symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

It is a demonstration that there is hope beyond this wall to wall RA.

This is not a post about whether prayer works. You might say that it doesn’t since I am still living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. But you might be wrong because it has worked – in an additional way. Do not forget to count the courage to live with RA and overcome RA that is poured into me each time I hear them pray.

Do you and your family pray about RA?

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Kelly O'Neill

Kelly O'Neill (formerly Kelly Young) has worked about 12 years as an advocate helping patients to be better informed and have a greater voice in their healthcare. She is the author of the best-selling book Rheumatoid Arthritis Unmasked: 10 Dangers of Rheumatoid Disease. Kelly received national acknowledgement with the 2011 WebMD Health Hero award. She is the president of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. Through her writing and speaking, she builds a more accurate awareness of rheumatoid disease (RD) aka rheumatoid arthritis (RA) geared toward the public and medical community; creates ways to empower patients to advocate for improved diagnosis and treatment; and brings recognition and visibility to the RA patient journey. In addition to RA Warrior, she writes periodically for newsletters, magazines, and websites. There are over 60,000 connections of her highly interactive Facebook page. You can also connect with Kelly on Twitter or YouTube, or LinkedIn. She created the hashtag: #rheum. Kelly is a mother of five, longtime home-schooler, NASA enthusiast, and NFL fan. She has lived over fourteen years with unrelenting RD. See also https:/rawarrior.com/kelly-young-press/

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11 thoughts on “Rheumatoid Arthritis Support

  • November 20, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Love this post! We both know that God hears our prayers and we should pray without ceasing… how He responds is within His timing because He is Sovereign. I love to hear my 6 year old pray… she covers everything! Oh, to be like a child in our hearts!

    • November 20, 2009 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks, Jen.
      I’ll never forget the prayers of my daughter when she was not yet 2. Several crises had us praying frequently… She was well aware that something needed to be done and she prayed “help us” with all her might. O:-)

  • November 20, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    I came to your website because I really liked the comment you left on the NY Times blog post about RA. After poking around your website a bit I think you have a really great outlook about RA! (And, obviously, your kids are amazing and love you so much!) I will certainly be returning to your blog in the future to read your posts.

    I was wondering if it would be ok with you if I put a link to your blog on mine? http://fromthispoint-forward.blogspot.com/ I’d like to start a list of RA resources on my blog. Please let me know!


    • November 20, 2009 at 3:35 pm

      I went to see your blog and the comments at NYT. Yes, please add me to your list. I hope we can keep in touch. 😎

  • November 20, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Our broken bodies (including the RA) are temporal and there are bigger, more important things in life. Glad your children are already seeing this.

  • November 20, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    No, not really, but then we’re not exactly believers. To be honest, I’ve had a pretty conflicted relationship with the divine for most of my life and I’m still working out exactly how we feel about each other.

    That said, there are many ways of praying. It’s about love and support and I received an awful lot of that.

  • November 21, 2009 at 1:48 am

    I am a Christian. One of the ways I pray is when I am taking medication. I thank God for the medication and for the ways the medication works, and ask Him to bless it to bring healing to my body, and to protect me from side effects.

  • November 21, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I think the very fact that we are all here, on this website, writing comments, sharing what our last visit to our Rheumatoid Arthritis specialist, the meds that modern science have developed for our condition, the fact that we can breath, share, care, dare to be brave enough to tell one another what is wrong with us in this battle of RA proves the divine is working in everyone everyday in everyway…. I am finding myself smiling more and more and I dont even have a reason why…. we are some very blessed human beings…… HUGS to you Kelly

  • November 22, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    It’s lovely that your children pray for you, and that hearing them helps you get through each day.

    I’m not a believer. Nevertheless, it always touches my heart when my daughter or her fiance inquire about how I feel or step in and help me with some task without my asking. It’s good to be acknowledged, and comforting to know that others are concerned for my well-being. We live, like it or not, in a sort of capsule of discomfort and sometimes, pain, and it’s only natural to focus inwards. Such kindness from family members — and occasionally, strangers — makes RA easier to accept, at least for me. And it also makes me more sensitive to others. I do all I can to return that warmth and return.

    Thanks for this post, Kelly. Hope you’re feeling good today!

  • November 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Heh. Warmth and kindness. Brain/finger disconnect. 😉

  • November 23, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    That is SO sweet, so touching that they pray for your RA to go away and for you to be healed. You have such thoughtful children! I pray all the time for the AS to disappear or be cured for all, arthritis in general. One day our prayers will be answered I hope.


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