The journey begins

Imagine you’re a seventeen year old girl. You enjoy doing things with your friends, and you enjoy school, most of your classes anyway. Life is good.

Suddenly you begin experiencing pain in your hands every morning. Your fingers are stiff and swollen; they look like little, fat sausages. When you walk across the room, it feels like you’re stepping on sharp rocks. Constant pain puts a damper on your appetite and you begin to lose weight.

Now imagine being told you have a crippling disease that will change your life. I was that young girl; the disease was rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Rheumatoid arthritis is a life-changing disease. However, I didn’t know how much it would effect my life when the doctor told me I had RA. For forty years, I have experienced struggles and triumphs that have weakened my body, but strengthened my character and  my faith. It’s been an interesting journey and I’m going to share some of it with you.

So, fasten your seatbelt and get ready for the ride!

If you have questions, comments, or feedback don’t hesitate to add them below.

 

5 thoughts on “The journey begins

  1. Hi Ruthie,

    I saw you on Faithful Bloggers and decided to stop by, mainly because you share something in common with my brother. He was diagnosed with RA at about 10 or perhaps younger (I’m a younger sibling so I don’t quite remember…) He had it as long as I remember him. It’s interesting to see someone else who was diagnosed at a young age. Thanks for your courage to share your journey.
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