About me: diagnosed 13 years ago with RA, initially on hydroxychloroquine, but recently added methotrexate as experiencing regular flares and continuous exhaustion. Initially tablets, now 3 weeks into injections. Two months ago I took the difficult decision to reduce my working hours down to 3 days per week. I teach 4 and 5 year olds, I love it, but am literally on my feet all day, a large part of that spent outdoors with the children. Whilst my pay packet is now somewhat depressing, I cannot believe the difference this has made to my Health! My colleagues say I am glowing, and I’ve found real enjoyment of my job once again. I’m not pain or exhaustion free, but I am so much better! I’m not waking with the first thought being pain! At the same time I’ve also started HRT as in early menopause after needing surgery. This too may be a big part of me feeling so much better as it’s put me back on an even keel. Just wanted to give some hope to anyone reading who may be struggling. Everyone’s journey is different, and I know I’m very fortunate to be feeling so much better, but just wanted to share. I don’t think I’ll ever feel the same as most of my friends who are the same age, but for me being gentler with myself has paid dividends, which is such a relief as I was imploding a few months ago!