Rheumatoid Arthritis affects all aspects of your life, including your job. Deciding whether or not to "come out" about your RA in the workplace is a big challenge, but you should find some level of comfort in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Your employer does not have the legal right to inquire about your medical history, nor can they fire you because of your disability.
Starting back to school as a teacher diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis always comes with some apprehension. As a teacher, I am on stage for four to five hours at a time and all attention is on ME. If I show signs of rheumatoid arthritis through limping or not being able to lift a classroom book without trouble, I get questions from my…