It seems to me that all chronic diseases have a common cause which develops over many years, starting in our childhood or perhaps even before we were born, and this chronic cause is primarily brought about by the choice of foods and drinks that we put into our mouths i.e. the Standard UK (SUK) diet. Read more . . .
I decided to write this post because I’ve lost count of the number of conversations I’ve had with friends and other people, where I’ve attempted to describe what it really means to have rheumatoid arthritis.
Please note in my experience (and speaking for myself), RA sufferers generally put a brave face on their illness and don’t show the true extent of the pain and difficulty they face. Also, for good reason, they often try to be cheerful and maintain a positive attitude. This is partly because they don’t want to impose upon or disturb the people around them, but in truth, it is mainly because they don’t want to become separated or isolated from social situations, or to be seen less capable in a working environment, or even at home. Read more . . .
I just wanted to say to all those who are close to, or taking care of someone with rheumatoid arthritis; stay positive and look after yourselves too. The painful effects of RA can often be harder in many ways for loved ones (and especially carers) to cope with, than for the sufferers themselves.
As a person who has RA, I can confirm that it is possible to live with it and even hide much of the pain from loved ones (or so you imagine). However, I have seen and experienced the effects on others for myself; they worry about you, you worry about them worrying about you, and so on. Read more . . .