Everyone has Struggles

Everyone has trials and struggles. You may not know what they are or be able to tell they are struggling, but we all have them. God will not give us more than we can handle.  If life’s not hard, then we’re not growing. Learn to be happy with your situation despite your trials.  Don’t wait until the trial is over to be happy.  That makes for a long, miserable life. A positive attitude will take you a long way. There is still a lot that I can do.

I Will Overcome RA!

I’m letting you all know now:  I Will Overcome Rheumatoid Arthritis! Simply controlling the RA is no longer good enough for me.  I’m going to beat it. I’ve learned so much in my process to become medication-free that now I will be satisfied with nothing less than healing.  When I was first diagnosed with this chronic illness, I was told it would be with me for the rest of my life.  I didn’t know my options then, and although I was grateful for medical advances that could help control my RA, I was discouraged to think I would have to be on medication for the rest of my life. I  wasn’t aware of any other options, and I didn’t know where to find them.  Now I’ve read several books, discovered helpful websites, and...

Could Your Rheumatoid Arthritis be Misdiagnosed?

I was blog-reading last night when I stumbled upon a most interesting article at www.LivingRheum.com. This poor woman was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis only to discover 9 YEARS LATER that she was misdiagnosed! She really had Lyme Disease the entire time!  What?! Her Lyme Disease is now being treated with antibiotics, and slowly, life is getting back to normal. How Often is RA Misdiagnosed? So that got me thinking, how often does this happen? Well, one thing’s for sure, Jo-Ann wasn’t the first, and she won’t be the last. According to healthcentral.com, lyme disease may be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mimic those of other diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.  Lyme disease is transferred through a tick bite; however, the...

Rheumatoid Arthritis – My Story of Struggle and Freedom

Rheumatoid Arthritis – My Story of Struggle and Freedom

When it comes to rheumatoid arthritis, we all have our own story–when we found out, where we hurt, how bad the pain was, how long it took to find out “What’s wrong with me?” I started I-Have-Rheumatoid-Arthritis.com as a place to share my story and encourage you to share yours.  I’ve learned many lessons along the way, and I know you have, too. When we all share what we’ve discovered, we will not only find answers, but also find support from someone who knows what we’re going through.   Please feel free to leave comments and share your story.  Because yours is a story worth telling. Where It All Began My story began in December 2007 with the worst flu I’ve ever had.  It was so bad I even went to the doctor (which I...

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

As the first post, I guess I should explain briefly what Rheumatoid Arthritis is (as I understand it. I’m not a doctor). Rheumatoid Arthritis is weird. From talking with the doctors we’ve visited and through reading, the cause is unknown although there are many theories. The causes of RA and even some of the workings of the condition are debated by medical professionals and researchers. It’s called an auto-immune disease and it’s very tough. If you want a more technical description, here’s what Wikipedia has to say: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally attacks synovial joints. The process produces an inflammatory response of the synovium...