This week on HealthCentral, I riff on how Ra can prompt your to seek renewal and reinventing yourself:
"RA can be a gift.
When I say that, people usually look at me as if I've grown another
head. How can this chronic autoimmune disease that frequently and
randomly takes over your life be a positive thing? Sure, it isn't always
all rainbows and unicorns — sometimes it's like being perpetually
rained on and speared by that unicorn's horn. But RA doesn't just take,
it also gives. And one of its gifts is the opportunity to reinvent
The moment you receive a diagnosis of RA, you are no longer the
person you were. Now you go through life with a chronic illness that
requires medication, coddling and juggling a host of challenges.
Sometimes, these challenges sideline you for a while and sometimes, they
mean changing your life completely. Living with RA forces you to
reevaluate your life, both physically and emotionally and that can be a
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