About Me

Everyone has a life-changing moment. Mine was at the end of 2003 while I was getting ready to give up blood that had no desire to leave my body. But as the nurse tried for the umpteenth time to draw out my life source from its protective vessel, an elderly woman hobbled into the room and forever into my memory. She was horribly disfigured with gnarled hands and bulbous knees and elbows. Everything about her appearance screamed pain and discomfort.

I began talking to the woman and found out that, like me, she had been diagnosed at the age of 18, but back then, doctors didn’t know how to treat the disease and prescribed bed rest instead, which as anyone with RA knows, is not an effective treatment. Now, decades later, the women is finally getting the treatment she needed, but the damage had been done. Her joints were eroded and in horrible condition, giving her a deformed look.

It was at that moment that it hit me: This could be me in 50 years! I have the same illness. I have RA.

It was a scary realization. A really scary one.

Now, years after being diagnosed, I have learned to embrace my RA as a part of who I am. I have fabulous doctors helping get me on the right medications and dosages, and I am fairly active and enjoying life. I haven’t let having RA slow me down yet, and I don’t plan on letting it any time in the future.

I started this blog as a way to help others learn about what it is like to have RA and also get the information they need to treat their disease. I have advice about diet, medications, supplemental treatments, side effects and more. All my post are based on research I’ve done and include links to supporting articles. So explore, comment and, most of all, enjoy!

I hope my site gives you the resources you need to help you control your disease, rather than letting RA control you.