I'm 20 years old and I was diagnosed with RA last month and it has honestly feel like my life has gone down hill ever since.
I've always been so sporty and energetic and now I'm constantly tired, nauseous from the medicine and find it hard to get out of bed some days. I can't even go up a flight of stairs anymore without having chest pains.
My work didn't believe me when I told them I had RA so I'm going through a grievance procedure due to that too so that's another thing to worry about.
But on the other hand, my mum is a health care professional so she understands how much pain I'm in and how strong the meds are, which is comforting. And I'm meeting my university's disability support service tomorrow to talk about what support is available for me so that should make my life a bit easier.
I just feel like such a disappointment. I feel like my family and friends saw me as someone with a lot of prospects and a bright future but I'm not even sure whether I'm going to make it past 30.
I'm sorry to be so negative. I'm not in a good place right now. It'd be so nice to hear your stories and how you've gotten through life with having RA.