10 Things I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago About Rheumatoid Arthritis
7. I’d never be the same. I wish I had known on the day I was diagnosed, I how much rheumatoid disease would change my life. In the end it’s up to me how much of my life I get back – even if I have to fight to get it. My pursuit of happyiness is my responsibility. But RD changes things.
8. It’s okay if people don’t get it. I wish I knew up front that most people will not understand or believe what it’s like to live with RD. They have nothing to compare it to and they tend to assume you are exaggerating. Knowing this is typical would’ve helped me feel less hurt when it happened over and over. I wrote about this in my first month blogging, and others were helped to know it’s just a normal experience with RD.
9. We do not understand this disease yet. There is ongoing research on a myriad of topics related to rheumatoid disease and other immune mediated diseases. If someone tells you definite facts on how rheumatoid arthritis starts or is cured, they are probably wrong – at least in part.