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|In 2014, my life changed forever when I started experiencing pain in my hands. I began visiting the doctor routinely in hopes of figuring out the cause.|
My pain and swollen joints moved to my elbows and ankles. The pain, swelling and fatigue caused me to have to quit several of my favorite pastimes including running, cardio classes and boot camp classes.
After multiple visits and abnormal blood work, I was referred to a rheumatologist in 2015. My official rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis came soon after and she began aggressive treatment.
The diagnosis definitely changed me. I used to be an avid runner at lunch time and participated in many half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks. I was struggling to move around. The diagnosis also impacted my family because I was always a mom on the go and I was having trouble keeping up!
Finding the right medication is a trial and error process. In the past two years, I have been on several DMARDS, methotrexate and two biologic medications.
I had no idea my life would revolve around taking medications with potential serious side effects and adapting to a different lifestyle. I am still working to find the right medication combination, but I finally think am on the right path. RA may slow me down, but it does not stop me.
RA may stink, but I am not going to let it bring me down. My hope is to turn the negativity of RA into a positive one through teaching, advocacy and philanthropy. I want to also help others that have this disease and spread awareness!
I am honored to be the 2017 Adult Honoree for the Jingle Bell Run and I hope you will consider a donation and/or joining Team Miller.