Contrary to what people think, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can occur in anyone at any age. As a 19-year-old living with this autoimmune disease, as well as fibromyalgia, I’ve nearly heard it all when I tell people I live with RA. Despite what some people may think, no cure for RA exists. While it can be managed with the right mix of medication and/or alternative treatment, it’s a chronic illness that will be with me until we find a cure.
They say never judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. While I can’t exactly hand my shoes over, I would instead like to attempt to explain a day in the life of someone living with RA.
Imagine waking up one day with extreme fatigue that you just can’t shake. Now I’m not just talking about being tired. No, this is more. Imagine how you would feel if you’ve been up partying all night with no sleep mixed and a long-lasting hangover from hell. Now imagine doing this for a whole week nonstop, and you’re left with the feeling of how you wake up when you have RA. Only you haven’t had the joys of a night out.