Just a quick intro to lil' old me and old is the operative word but I am not going to say just how old. LOL
I have struggled with RA since I was diagnosed in 2006 but it never became full blown until early 2007 at which time I couldn't cope with my job as a manager with one of the large supermarket chains. :-(
Worked for DWP until things got so bad that my contract was terminated in 2009 and I have been on ESA since although I have had to come off it as my business (done as permitted work) as a guitar teacher has got to the stage that I had to decide keep all 12 students and come of ESA or close down and stay on ESA. Bit of a slam dunk really so here I am in the 3rd week of being off in the big blue yonder sort of supporting myself without benefits. Luckily I have a very understanding partner who pays most of the household bills, he is such a sweetie..
OK one or two maybe saying how can she teach guitar if she has RA? My answer is with difficulty some days especially if it is wet or damp.
At least being my own boss means I can decide when to work and when not to and all my students understand if I have to cancel a lesson because of my RA.
I recently started Enbrel and will be looking to pick some brains about it in another post.
See Ya all soon