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RA Guy on staying positive despite the dark side of living with chronic illness

RA Guy on how staying positive while living with chronic illness is not always easy, but it is always possible—even when you feel like giving up


RA Guy thanks those who helped him get the healthcare he needs. CreakyJoints is beyond delighted that our superhero friend RA Guy’s personal appeal has been answered: https://www.facebook.com/RheumatoidArthritisGuyFanPage/posts/152013254955136  

A personal appeal from Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy

Write a letter and help a superhero get the healthcare he needs.A dichotomy is the splitting of a whole into two, usually contradictory, parts. Years ago when I was an architecture student, this term was used so often (as in “let’s explore the dichotomy between x and y”), that since then I have made a point to use this word as infrequently as possible. I provide this background because when I now think about my current health care situation, the first word that comes to mind is, well…dichotomous. A little under a decade ago, I left my high-paying corporate job (partly voluntarily, and partly because I was being asked to do something that I considered to not be legal) in order to go explore adobe architecture (the mud brick type, not the software type) in one of the poorest countries of South America. I had just turned 30 and was relatively healthy, other than for some occasional unexplained pains in my feet and knees. Even though within a couple of years of making this move I had to start using crutches (I still had not been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis), I somehow managed to continue to trek up steep stone Inca steps on remote islands. What about all of the pain that I felt when I woke up in the morning? Well, I would just attribute that to the fact that I was often sleeping in a tent, on hard ground. Fast forward a few years, and my life had taken a huge turn. (I could barely get out of bed, much less climb those hillsides.) Luckily enough, soon after receiving my diagnosis of RA, my fears of not having health insurance were partially laid to rest. While it was true that I could not afford to return to my home country of Read More

How Do You Continue To Stay So Positive?

In a Special Guest Blog Post, RA Guy answers the question he is most frequently asked by his readers: How does he manage to stay so positive, despite the challenges he faces on a daily basis?

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