It’s already the end of January. Where has the time gone? I know that some of the time has been spent outside trying to keep up with the weather. We had an ice storm last week and a big snow storm this past week. Digging out of both of these has been a lot of physical work. My body is very sore.
But two years ago or even one year ago, I could not have done what I was able to do this year. Sure I hurt in so many places, especially my back and hands, but I’m very happy to be stronger physically than I was before.
Did I tell you that 2010 was a good year? I probably did. I think that with the change of treatments at the end of 2009, my body has benefited greatly. My boyfriend and my mother both say the same thing. It’s nice that others notice that I’m doing better.
This is one reason why I am a little bit anxious to get my next round of Rituxan infusions . However, the rheumatolo...
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