Hi everyone, I'm new here and just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Heather, I'm 20, and I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis almost 5 years ago (has it really been that long?). It affects my left knee and both elbows but Enbrel + MTX has worked absolute wonders despite having to scare/panic myself into injecting every week (have to do it in the time span of the toilet flush if I want the noise to cover my count to 10 with expletives in the middle).
I'm in a privileged position really: I'm mobile enough to lead a normal life and I'm 6 months away from qualifying as a paediatric nurse. The only way I struggle is energy wise- being a student nurse is hectic for everyone but I seem to be more drained by it than anyone else I know. I have it all planned out in terms of what roles I can do at what age depending on my disease progression as it's still very early days and I'm sure my mobility and minimal flareups will finish at some point! It's really interesting being both a nurse and a patient and it's quite useful being able to use my nursing knowledge as a patient yet use my patient experience as a nurse. I'd love to be more active in this community and I hope having medical insight can make me useful though though I'm not in a position to give actual medical advice. But hello everyone and I look forward to being active here!