Living with RA is living within the unreasonable. An immune system attacking itself is not reasonable, a disease that warps your joints is not reasonable and the kind of pain that makes you cry every day, can make you scream, takes away your sense of humor and will to live is not reasonable. Therefore, it is not reasonable to expect that you will live cheerfully using the same tools as a healthy person with a bit of a headache.
Four years ago, I started each day crying. Then I decided that getting my life back was worth the risk and was worth changing the way I think. Now, I am on Humira and I take big painkillers. My life is mine again.
Best of all? These days, I've been known to sing in the shower.
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