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I live in Canada and am impressed by the NRAS site...

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I too am Canadian and I'm very impressed with this site. I wish we could have a site like this at home.

welcome to the site

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Welcome Lucerito. Whilst it's a UK site we welcome anyone who has RD & related diseases wherever they live so I hope you enjoy being here & find it helpful. You've probably gathered we support one another, some doing brilliantly on their meds, others not so much but all together we're comfortable together as we each understand how it is to live with a chronic disease or diseases in some cases.

I look forward to seeing you around. :)

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No more heels is an interesting tag! And I love the dog!

The self management philosophy in BC where I live is fine, but I was missing contact with others who are facing RA and related autoimmune disorders. This site is great.

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Well, you've got it now so make full use of it! We've covered most aspects of living with the disease but always happy to revisit them. We have some fun from time to time with off topic subjects too. We've had more members from Canada join recently so guess they are in the same boat as you & don't have much contact with a supportive community such as this.

The username by the way is not quite what it was. With the good help of my Podiatrist I can now wear a low wedge. Yay!

The dog is my youngest, a Pointer/Labrador cross who reacts to Freya when it suits! :)

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Our pets keep us honest! I only have one, a Chilean Yorkie named Findley.

I am a nurse so my big adjustment has been adapting to being the client/patient. It is a totally different world. Talk soon,

Cheers, Doreen

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Welcome! You'll find quite a few others on your side of the pond.

I hope you find the site useful. I certainly do.

Jora

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Hi Jora- just great to finally have contact with others who are adapting to life with RA or related diagnosis. Cheers!

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Yay! The Canadian invasion continues :) I'm in BC, and I wish we had something like this at home, but I'm truly delighted to have met all the wonderful folks here, too. Welcome! Glad you're here, and sorry you have reason to be.

-Bats

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I live in Victoria and was diagnosed in 2014 with RA- sudden onset, changed my life. I am also a Nurse so it has been hard to adapt to the role of being the client/patient.

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Mmmm love Nanaimo bars, making them & eating them but don't do them too often nowadays. :)

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Hi and welcome

Nice bike! I am currently researching fold ups. I live in a hilly place so want to be able to put my bike in the car and drive to the coastal path 8 miles away which is very flat.

Do you cycle?

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Yes, I do cycle! I started getting serious in 2014 with my RA diagnosis- sold my motorcycle and started commuting. Took the plunge and bought the Brompton this spring & love it. small wheels doesn't mean more work. My partner has bought a fabulous folding Tern with 20" wheels, also great.

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Ah a Brompton I am jealous! Out of my price range but I hear they are the Rolls Royce of folding bikes.

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Yes, they are for the engineering that makes them so foldable. Have to admit the Tern is pretty close and a lot cheaper. I spoiled myself with the Brompton!

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Forgot to mention that I have no pain when I am cycling! My pain happens when I am stationary so I keep moving as much as possible.

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That's fantastic! I like to walk but bc my feet are often sore I thought cycling would be good. I'm saving up for a bike.

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I'm also from Canada and live in Ontario. This site has helped me a lot especially the importance of taking meds to aid in slowing down the decease. I've been taking methotrexate & hydroxychloroquine(plaque nil) 200mg for a 1.5 years and I am doing well on the medication so far. I hope it continues as I feel I have my life back. Never know when it will change so everyday I may it a priority to exersise and enjoy life.

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Great that the meds are working for you. What a relief to start to get your life back again. I have been on Methotrexate for a year and tried combinations with Sulphasalzine, Plaquinil, then Leflunomide- the side effects were brutal and didn't reduce the RA symptoms. Just started Cimzia so keeping my fingers crossed. What a journey. Great to have real people to talk to. Thanks!

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Also from Canada, also love this site! I'm in Ottawa :)

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i'm from Toronto area

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Hot there right now! Victoria is even hot (28 degrees today!) this summer. Cheers, Doreen

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Sadly, Kelowna is even hotter :P not a surprise, I know but still icky. It was 40 yesterday. I do not approve! Time to move into the lake, I think.

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Not sure what I was looking for, but the other RA sites didn't provide much more than status quo info. The UK seems more advanced than Norh America.

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Hi welcome to the site hope to hear from you and hope you find it useful and reassuring when you need help. Xxx

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