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My Story: Alethea Fye

I suffered from heel spurs and gout, as well as degenerative disk disease for 20 years before I was officially diagnosed with RA. The degenerative disk disease would cause serious pain and the spine doctors suggested surgery. I just kept pressing on, working, taking painkillers to mask the pain. I didn't know at the time, but I was hiding more than a bad back. I would visit my family physician with swollen hands and she would tell me I was in a flare. I had…

by Brittany Reis on July 17, 2018

My Story: Mariah Leach

In the Spring of 2008, I was an extremely busy dual-degree graduate student, simultaneously pursuing a law degree and a masters in environmental policy. I was a member of the law journal, worked as a newsletter editor and events planner for an environmental research center, and was the only graduate student on the University's club water polo team. Then it happened. It started with some pain in my toes. Then fatigue and anemia. Followed by pain and swelling in my fingers. Wrists. Ankles. Knees. With…

by Brittany Reis on June 5, 2018
My Story: Sally

My Story: Sally

Four years ago in late summer, I started to experience whole body pain and fatigue. I was preparing to begin my 22nd year of teaching. I typically become stressed out about starting a new school year around the beginning of August. Once school began, I felt like my entire body was falling apart! I finally went to my primary care physician, and he prescribed a course of prednisone, blood work and a referral to a rheumatologist. The rheumatologist confirmed RA, and I began another course…

by Brittany Reis on December 1, 2017

My Story: Audi

My bones have always been an issue for me, but being as busy as I was, I didn't pay much attention. I just kept going; in pain or not. In 2012 I noticed how bad I was getting. Getting up from a seated position to greet students at work became super hard to do. I steadily got worse. I couldn't carry my grandson up the stairs anymore. The pain was very consistent at that point and has been since the end of 2013. I finally…

by Brittany Reis on September 13, 2017
My Story: Teresa

My Story: Teresa Snider

The body can only take so much – I believe that now. At 48, I have been nothing short of Wonder Woman. I say that because I have allowed my career, business, and farm to consume me. What is it that they say? Oh, that's right, "Listen to your body's whispers before they become screams." I visited my doctor and they concluded by saying my RA markers were extremely high, indicating a large amount of inflammation in my body. I was referred to a rheumatologist…

by Brittany Reis on September 8, 2017

My Story: Lana Barhum

I started experiencing unexplained, on and off the joint pain that would stick around for a few days and then dissipate when I was in my early twenties. Back in those days, I was in great shape and worked out several days a week. In 2008, when I was 32 years old with a newborn and a nine-year-old, I awoke to all over body pain and the inability to walk or use my hands. That was the day my life changed, and shortly after, I…

by Brittany Reis on August 23, 2017
My Story: Ruth Devitt

My Story: Ruth Devitt

After having a slip and fall on ice in March of 2015, I thought I was on my way to recovery when I started experiencing severe pain in my hands. After several weeks of physical therapy, I felt I was getting worse, not better. At this time my feet and ankles were also causing pain. I couldn't stand in the shower for more than five minutes, walking my usual three miles daily was out, and I was limited to wearing expensive sneakers as the only…

by Brittany Reis on July 19, 2017
Angela Rayburn: My Story

My Story: Angela Rayburn

In October 2012 I woke up one morning and I could not move. It felt like every joint was locked up. The pain was so bad I went to the doctor, who gave me a steroid pack. That worked for about three days before the pain became worse. I went back to the doctor for more tests, and then this crazy journey began. At the beginning my doctor prescribed me a daily dose of 60mg of steroids, which caused a lot of craziness, I was…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on May 25, 2016
Margaret Norton: My Story

My Story: Margaret Norton

My husband makes me rest, opens doors for me so I won't come into contact with extra germs and he reminds me to go to bed on time. I have always been very independent, but now he does things for me, like carries the laundry basket into the room for me to fold clothes. We have no children he insists on driving me to doctors appointments because it is a 45 minute drive to our physician and rheumatologist. I recently broke my ankle in two…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on July 23, 2015
My Story: Julia Chayko

My Story: Julia Chayko

Be positive, always look for the blessings in life. Don't be afraid to adjust your life - life will change, but it can be a good change if you allow it. Set goals for yourself to keep your hope alive. No goal is insignificant – it can be anything you want it to be, as small or as large as you make it, but do make a goal and do your best to meet it. Don't put pressure on yourself – you'll get there when…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 12, 2015