For the newly diagnosed, You are not alone…
Sometimes coming to terms with an incurable disease like RA, the sudden wrenching from your activities & circle of friends, the heavier shielding restrictions and the overall increased risk can seem overwhelming and fill us with despair, BUT thankfully we now live in the Internet era, and it allows us to safely participate and hear other RA patient stories, which can bring courage & hope when there is little left of our own.
I thought these two stories from across the pond were really encouraging.
https://youtu.be/eCuiBwq43QU (RA Soc, Canada) Growing up with RA.
https://youtu.be/bHGhLTjOqUY - Not letting your RA win, despite the challenges.
It would be nice if RA had the kind of funding & political will covid does, but as a global problem it is nevertheless getting attention, and not overlooked, despite not being a glamorous research field.
(A young med student at my last hosp appointment had me full of hope thinking a young genius would cure it…when I asked what made him want to look at arthritis - responded “I was told to come here😏” oh well.)
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