just a typical 44-year old woman with rheumatoid arthritis. NOT!

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So this is me today after an hour of yoga and a 3 mile run. Here's the thing to know about me, I'm kinda stubborn. Can't help it, I'm a Taurus after all. A couple of years ago I was hit fast and furious with something mighty serious, I was virtually crippled within 4 weeks of onset. I couldn't hold a coffee mug with one hand, I couldn't brush my teeth or shampoo my hair, could barely manage the stairs to put my son to bed. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and told I'd have to take nasty toxic meds the rest of my life. I was told that those meds would make me pretty sick and that I'd still have flare ups now and then. I was told that the meds could cause blindness, heart disease, cancer, bone loss and stroke (to name a few). I was told RA was incurable, that the joint damage was progressive, and that it could be fatal. I was told that diet had nothing to do with RA. Well, let me tell you, my inner Taurean called bullshit on that one. Two years later, no meds, no symptoms, no flares. Food is my medicine, exercise my only therapy. I work hard at my wellness, I'm not gonna lie to you. So, why am I telling you this today? Because after an hour of yoga and a 3 mile run I'm feeling pretty damn good for a 44 year old woman with RA. Because sometimes I forget how far I've come. Because sometimes I need a reminder that what I've done is pretty awesome. And because I want all of you sweet friends to know that whatever challenge you're facing right now, you can beat it. Trust yourself to know what's best for you, question the conventional wisdom, and never, ever doubt that you can, and will, get through it.

Posted on June 19, 2013 .