The disease affects my joints, and sometimes, I feel like it has taken so much away from me. But by the grace of God, I've been feeling SO much better over the past few weeks, I feel like I am taking my life back, little by little.
My body doesn't ache like it did six weeks ago. I am completely off of steroids, which was a goal of mine this year: To manage my RA without Steroids.
Getting dressed isn't painful, I don't wake up in the middle of the night hurting. My hands don't hurt, cooking isn't challenging anymore, and I can open jars again without assitance. I've even went out for a couple of runs, which were more walking than running, and my knees still aren't 100%, but its a big change from when just getting out of bed caused me pain and running was absolutely out of the question. I literally can't thank God enough for blessing me with sweet relief from the constant pain I've felt since October.
God has also blessed me with a job that provides excellent insurance that allows me to get the best care from the best doctors in Idaho for my RA. I've recently been put on a medication that without insurance costs 6,000 a month. This medicine has literally changed my life. I feel like a new person. My mom said the other day "You're finally smiling again." The medicine I am on is Enbrel, which I take in combination with Methotrexate. I have to give myself injections once a week, which isn't fun, but its something, with the help of my sweet boyfriend I've been able to overcome the anxiety and look at it as something that is good and helpful for my well being.
|My weekly injections|