Hi everyone. . . I guess I am looking for inspiration from positive sufferers of Arthritis. Having said that I guess no one is a positive sufferer but a sufferer who also is positive. I think I have been through the stages of 'why me?' and now I would love to chat with other sufferers for their cheerful advice. . . I do so want to keep cheerful if possible. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and arthritis several years ago and since the last couple years have been seeing an alternative therapist. I am now being tested for Rheumatoid Arthritis since visiting my doctor for another reason. She took one look at my painfully swollen hands and concluded RA. I guessed it myself but was happy to ignore it for as long as possible. My mum had RA so it seemed inevitable really. I am now suffering painful feet and my love of walking has been crushed and my positiveness has been flattened to say the least. After feeling sorry for myself I have found this site where I guess we can all help each other. I never realised how painful arthritis was until I had it myself. My hobbies involve using my hands and my love of walking and swimming is now difficult to enjoy. I am now waiting for blood test results to confirm RA. I would love to meet other RA sufferers in my area in Cornwall and welcome other artists for advice on how they have kept up their spirits, with such a love of art/sculpture but with hands that are so painful.
Ruth :-) xx