Seven years. That is how long I was able to live medication and pain-free in remission. It was like I never had the disease. It didn’t affect my daily life or stop me from doing the things I needed or wanted to do. I was able to have 2 wonderful pregnancies despite the disease and even 18 months after my last baby of ignorant bliss.
I am grateful for all of those years and thankful that I was lucky enough to even get them but unfortunately my bliss has come to an end. My Rheumatoid Arthritis is back with a vengeance. Paying me back in full for the 7 years it lay dormant. I am not complaining as this is how my life was before the remission so I know the drill, however, before the remission I was on a medication that was literally the difference between what I am dealing with now and living a normal life without any symptoms.
As we currently don’t have private insurance, I am unable to get that medication without going through many steps that will take about 3-6 months so that the Trillium plan that I pay a deductible for will start to cover it or my husband, who will be starting a new job on March 7, gets private insurance again. I understand completely the reason it will take such a long time, it is expensive. It costs more than my rent, hydro and gas for one month. It’s unfortunate that it is so expensive and I can only imagine anyone who truly needs this medication and doesn’t even have the options that I have is going through.
I just needed to let you know why I am lacking in posting as regular as I want to. My RA has affected my feet, my hips and quite recently my hands and fingers. Since there is no real pain medication that can truly help and the medication that I am currently taking has no real effect for about 4-6 weeks, if it works at all, which I am also not holding my breath for as I kind of have the been there, done that mentality, I am in a limbo of in-betweens and it’s not a place I want to be.
You can read my post about Rheumatoid Arthritis here and I can only say that I am trying. I am going to give it a good go and fight every day for what I love doing most, writing on my blog and taking care of my family. I won’t lie and tell you that it isn’t an uphill battle and struggle some mornings just to get myself out of bed but I am strong and I have been here before. My body may be fighting all the wrong things but I am fighting it harder and this is one fight I will win.
How do you deal with health issues that can be a struggle? Let me know in the comments.