Hi-- just realised that it is 12 months since I was finally diagnosed with rheumatoid disease and can't believe the difference it has made to my life in general. Of course I would rather not have it-- but once I was on the " dreaded" medication , things changed for the better-- even though it took a few months to work. I can now kneel on the floor and play with my grandchildren, go for long walks, wear nice jewellery on my" not as swollen " hands, swim, wear small heels on my shoes to dance in------ the list goes on!!
It has not all been plain sailing--- I have had issues with medication ( mthx and hyrox) and still do now, as I struggle with nausea --- but I have been given my life back. Everyone who knows me says that I am back to being the person I was 5 years ago-- as it took so long to be diagnosed. I am writing this in the hope that those of you who are still struggling will be encouraged by my words.