Hi, my name is Baz and I have joined the forum after reading some very encouraging posts when I have sought help. Thought I'd stop being a lurker and actually get involved, because nobody knows how we feel better than our fellow sufferers and this seems like a great community.
So, a long story cut short: I have been diagnosed with progressive RA since early 2018 at the age of 38 - progressive should be changed to aggressive, as the disease has shown little mercy and so far all meds have proven ineffective.
RA forced me to close my business 6 months ago when I was off more days than not and seemed to be in a constant state of flare up and letting my staff down. It felt like RA had pulled the rug from under my feet and I went from all to nothing in a few months. It strained my relationship, caused mental health struggles and pretty much left me bedridden most days with chronic pain and fatigue. Depression set in early this year, I felt alone and isolated, like nobody understood and all the medication seemed like a waste of time. RA was winning the battle.
Then I stumbled across this forum and realised there is still a lot of positivity out there amongst people with the same disease. It's promising to hear other people's stories and I realise I shouldn't be thinking of throwing the towel in yet and need to keep fighting, which is why I am here typing this.
I guess that's it in a nutshell. Look forward to contributing as and when I can.