10 Things I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago About Rheumatoid Arthritis
1. I am not alone. I wish I’d known that so many people have RD. And how much it helps to be in touch with a community like RAW. When I began to realize it, I dreamt of RA Warrior, started working hard, and never looked back. We don’t need to all be alike or to all agree. We just need to know we are not alone.
2. I might not relate to you. Other people with rheumatoid disease (PRD) might not share my experience. This goes for the disease and the meds. Some have 1 joint affected; others have 100. Some PRD have 24/7 symptoms; others have periodic flares and feel more normal in between. Some improve greatly with meds; others might as well inject water.
3. I need to take care of me. I learn this one over and over. It’s so hard when you love to take care of others. And even harder when disability enters the picture. But you need to do whatever it takes to take care of yourself – so that you’re able to do the other things you care about.