Generally people with and illness and not working would so love to get out into the working environment, and yet people who do work would probably want to stay at home.
Of course finances have a large part to play in all of this, but I can only speak about my situation and, not working would of course love to get back to a normal working routine. Some people may say I am lucky to be at home all day being able to rest when I need to.But, speaking from experience it's not all about that it's about having a social life, being able to have a life away from the RA. to me being "normal".
Some of you are probably shouting at the screen now saying "you don't no how lucky you are",or "its easy for you to say "but believe me it's not how you think it to be.
I miss my friends, the chats about normal life, getting my mind to focus on something else.
So, if you are in the situation of working and would love to give up I would say to think very carefully before you do. If you have a job hang onto it even if you have to have reduced hours etc, your employer should do all he can to help you (not always the case I know) but if you decide to leave it's so very hard to get back into employment with RA or any other illness due to time off for hospitals and flares etc.
That's probably why I love to chat on here so much, I find it easier to talk about RA to others in the same situation and its great to know I have some new "rheumy mates"