I look apon my RA as the greatest gift I have in the world as it allows me to compete in Para Equestrian sport. It makes me a tougher, stronger and more driven person because I have something extraodinary to strive for - the Rio Paralympics.
I have had RA for more than 16 years and it has affected every one of my limb joints and my spine. I have had bad doctors and good doctors. I have gone through the mill of disease modifying drugs and steriods and other anything else the doctors throw at me. I have been depressed and wondered when it was all going to end. I am coming through the other side and learning to embrace my disability and love the opportunities it has openned up for me.
A physio once said to my Mother, after she had asked what was wrong with me, 'Ah that figures, RA makes people go one of two ways, either curl up and die or they become the toughest cookies alive!' After that, I have made sure as hell I fall into the later catergory!