“I didn’t trust my body. I was a single mother with a progressive chronic illness. There was no way I could take care of my health, my child, and a newborn on my own while trying to get by on what little assistance disability pays.”
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“Having self-love gives me motivation for self-care. Practicing self-care reaffirms my self-love,” says advocate Eileen Davidson, who lives with rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic conditions.
‘If my RA has taught me anything, it’s that me must move forward and learn to adapt. Even though it’s painful, I know this is the right choice for me and for Jacob.’
‘A positive mindset will not cure my RA, but it will make it (and myself) a lot easier to live with.’