The truth about living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Complications of the Lungs

Lung diseases rank as the second highest cause of death in people with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  (Second only to heart disease).

Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect the lungs in many ways.  About 10% of patients develop rheumatoid nodules of the lung.  The most common, and the most serious co-morbidity is Interstitial Lung Disease, leading to Pulmonary Fibrosis, which can ultimately be fatal.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is also being recognized more and more as a complication of RA.

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Being chronically ill is expensive – January total

In the first week of this year, a friend of mine posted on Facebook how much she’d already spent on her health.  She has severe RA and fibromyalgia and not a lot of quality of life. She does, however, have huge medical bills.  She posted that she was going to keep track of her out of pocket expenses for the month, as an experiment.

And I stopped and thought about it.  People very often tell me that health care is free for me.  They have no understanding of how expensive it is to be chronically ill.

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To-Do list and RA – GUEST POST by SARAH

GUEST POST!!!  Sarah, a long term reader of my blog, who has become a wonderful friend wrote this post.  I think many of us can relate, so I’ve published it here with her permission.  

I have always made to- do list for myself, since I was a first time mum, and as time went on and life happened I relied more and more on my to- do list. Every day before I went to bed I would sit down quietly with my to-do list and count each marked off item. Each completed item gave me a great deal of satisfaction, a feeling of success and told me what a great mother, wife ,daughter I was. After all look how organised and together I am. And then I would make my to-do list for the next day, tidy my desk, and sit my list on the top of my empty desk ready for my next successful and all that I would achieve. My to-do list became my best friend, she was my personal complimentary soul sister, we thought alike, we achieved great success, we needed each other, the perfect fit.

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