Friday, November 27, 2015
  • PamelaO, Community Member
  • Location: OH, United States
  • Gender: Female
  • Bio: 38 yeay old artist, wife, mother of 1 recently diagnosed with RA
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Hello All and thank you for taking the time to read my post. After a 3 1/2 year struggle and a second opinion, I have recently been diagnosed with RA. I am a 38 year old mother, wife, & artist. I am trying to cope every day with my diagnosis and what my future holds. Some days are definately better that others. But I will keep my head high and fight for a normal life with the occasional hiccup not detering me from whom I am or the label of being an RA sufferer. After my recent flare-up from hell, which was more aggressive than I had ever experienced before, affecting all of my joints AAAHH!!, I never though I would feel better again. Thanks to methylprednisone, kennelog & plaquenil I am back to normal. Although, I developed an allergic reaction to plaquenil and had to stop it for now. I tell myself, maybe I will never experience that ugly flare-up again! Maybe I will do fine without medications and wake up one morning and be RA free. But I know this is not very realistic. Why Me? At times , well most of the times, I feel so alone. I do not know anyone around me at my age who suffers from RA so it is difficult at times to ask questions for the sake of sanity or just to share the experiences. Although joining MYRACentral has helped quite a bit. My family has been very supportive to me in many ways, but this is a road I must take alone. As long as I feel good, I will keep plugging away. I have been living with this disease for over 3 1/2 years now and although I have my flare-ups to contend with, I know that they will flare-down. I will keep positive and know that life can be very normal with RA. Good Luck You All of my fellow RAers and remember, we can fight this! Sincerely, PamelaO


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