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.
One of the biggest challenges in living with RA is work. The day-to-day grind of a job is the perfect trigger for chronic fatigue and flares. The very nature of work assumes that you feel the same every day and with this disease, that’s very far from reality. Staying in your job isn’t just about you soldiering through with gritted…