Lets talk sex and rheumatoid arthritis!
“Even though the pandemic feels like it may be starting to end, my status as an immunocompromised person — a status I ‘earned’ after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2015 — isn’t,” says Eileen Davidson, a rheumatoid arthritis patient.
I decided to get the vaccine because I want to protect myself and others from the coronavirus. I want to take my part in diminishing this pandemic so we can return to living our lives again.
It wasn’t until I started getting involved in arthritis research that I was able to answer many of my questions about my illness.
When I was diagnosed with this chronic illness at age 29, I was expecting joint pain. I didn’t expect to feel like I was hit by an 18-wheeler.
Telling anyone they are too young to live with a condition is more inflammatory than it is reassuring or supportive.
The biggest similarity between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis is that they’ve both taken parts of my life that I won’t get back — a job I loved, activities I enjoyed, and simple physical freedoms.
Being more in tune with my health gave me a deeper understanding of how the winter affects me physically and mentally.
“We tend to shy away from talking about our challenges, especially when we know others out there are doing far worse,” says rheumatoid arthritis patient Eileen Davidson. “But I am a firm believer in self-expression and speaking up about our troubles. We shouldn’t suffer in silence.”
“I’m nowhere near perfect and learning more and more every year,” says Eileen Davidson. Here’s a list of what helps her survive being a single mom with rheumatoid arthritis.