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 . . .