My Journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis

It has been a long 3-year journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Where do I even start? It’s been so long since I have shared, and so much has happened.  Well for starters, I finally got some health insurance! It felt awesome to see a doctor and make a desperate plea for help… even though I knew she’d only prescribe medicines that I had been dreading.  We started with Plaquenil, which I have been on for almost a year.  Its scariest side-effects seem to be hair-loss and vision-loss.  I wasn’t excited about this pill particularly because I have already been battling unexplained hair-loss. I am not sure about the Plaquenil’s effectiveness because overall I don’t feel any worse or better than I did prior to starting it.  But my right arm, which locked up about 2-years ago, has continued to get worse.  My doctor told me if I had any hope of regaining mobility of my arm, I would need to start a stronger drug. Enter Methotrexate.  This is the one that I was truly trying to avoid because it is a chemo drug and will most definitely cause hair-loss.  I have been on it for almost 2-months now and judging by the chunk of hair that fell from my head in the shower last night, it is already working its black magic.

I am trying to stay positive.  I am doing all I can do to fight Rheumatoid Arthritis and be healthy in general. I have gone completely vegan and gluten-free.  I take my supplements, drink lots of water, and green tea. Eat lots of veggies and fruit.  I’m just not sure what else I can do to fight this fight.

With that being said, I am still pushing, still fighting and still living life.  I am exercising and losing weight. I am working and trying to resuscitate my creative spirit.  And most importantly, I am still smiling.  And I still feel incredibly blessed. xo

Vanessa xoxo

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