This post is part of a paid sponsorship by Regeneron and Sanofi. This post is co-written by my husband and I. All opinions are our own.
When I met my husband twenty-five years ago, he was always on the go, whether it was spending a weekend snowboarding during the winter or mountain biking in the spring. Outdoor sports were parts of his daily life. I’ll be honest, when we were dating in college I was lucky if I saw him on the weekends.
ACCORDING TO THE HONESTLY RA SURVEY, NEARLY HALF (48 PERCENT) OF PEOPLE WITH RA CITED DIFFICULTY WITH CHORES SUCH AS VACCUMING OR YARD WORK AS MOTIVATING FACTORS IN TALKING WITH THEIR DOCTORS ABOUT THEIR CURRENT TREATMENT REGIMEN
He was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis shortly after our oldest son was born, about 9 years ago. Getting the diagnosis gave him answers, but it didn’t make it any easier.
At first, rheumatoid arthritis slowed him down. An ordinary day became difficult. Eventually even walking became a challenge as it’s often the little things that people take for granted or don’t see that really take a toll.
ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY, 84 PERCENT OF PEOPLE WITH RA FEEL MORE INDEPENDENT AFTER BEING TREATED
Thanks to working with his health care provider and his treatments, he’s getting back to doing the things he loves. He may not snowboard every weekend of the season like he did a decade ago, but he IS able to go. It’s a little victory for him.
ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY, 83 PERCENT OF PEOPLE WITH RA FEEL THEIR TREATMENT HAS ENABLED THEM TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
The challenge of RA is that it’s invisible to those who don’t have it or don’t know what it’s like to live with it. Each person who has RA faces different struggles, frustrations and even victories. When it comes to treatments and medications, there is no one size fits all solution.
The true cliché: The hardest thing to do, but most important, is to keep moving. Moving with pain is demoralizing, but lack of movement only leads to more of the same.
My husband may have RA, but he fights hard to make sure RA doesn’t have him.