Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is currently medically incurable. At the age of 20 I had to come to terms with a chronic condition that I knew nothing about. Although there are millions of sufferers worldwide many people do not know another person with the same condition.

Amazing technology allows me to give you a place to connect with me as well as RA sufferers from around the world. Rheumatologists do their best to explain and treat your condition but unfortunately they do not have the day-to-day experience of living with this auto-immune disease. This blog aims to give you a voice, practical help, fellowship, encouragement and inspiration for daily living. Please feel free to share your experience or to ask any questions.

I hope that you will be a regular visitor and that you will advise others of this blog.

When the worst of life becomes the best of life PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 12:04


If you have had a diagnosis of RA then you will identify with the doom and gloom that settles over our minds when we hear for the first time the words, "You have Rheumatoid Arthritis". The word 'arthritis' has very negative connotations. Visions of old age, crippled joints and wheelchairs flash before our eyes. It strikes fear in our hearts and my first reaction was denial. I was 20 years of age and studying to be a Primary School teacher. Arthritis did not fit into the vision I had for my life. Over a period of about 7 months my entire body was progressively taken over by agonising pain, swelling and inflammation. Unlike osteoarthritis that may affect one or more joints, RA affects the whole body. Both hands, both knees, both feet – the bilateral nature is a key indicator of the disease. RA became my personal tragedy and I felt trapped by the disease. I was experiencing 'the worst of life'.

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