Rheumatoid Awareness Day is observed on February 2. One goal of having our day is to overcome the misconception that rheumatoid disease is just a form of arthritis. Rheumatoid Disease/Arthritis has often been confused with osteoarthritis. But joint pain and stiffness is only a part of RD. Throw in extreme fatigue, balance issues, brain fog as the disease is attacking our joints, eating up cartilage, and sometimes attacks vital organs. It causes severe pain, frequent disability, and increased mortality. It's a challenging painful disease at best. Outwardly we appear healthy but the pain inside is very real to each and every one of us.
While there is no cure, we do have several treatments but most provide little relief nor give us any long term hope. We often hear "I have arthritis too" or "just excercise, you'll feel better". Perhaps one day there will be enough money for research that they will find a cure so future patients won't have to endure what we are going through. For me, my plan is to just live day to day. I keep getting out of bed and go do the best that I can do every day. Sure I make plans but they often get rearranged or even cancelled.
I am on the verge of a epic ride coming up this summer. Right now it is all hinging on my RA and I'm looking at a 50/50 shot of getting to go. Stupid RA! I will tell you more later, hopefully while announcing that I'm going.