Living With Autoimmunity – #Lifescript {Sponsored}

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Shortly after moving into my first Manhattan apartment, I was stopped on the street by a reporter, inquiring about my favorite body part, for a story about female body image.   Without hesitation, I said, “My hands,  because in them, I see my mother“.  I found comfort in seeing a piece of my mother in myself, despite the fact that her hands cause her considerable pain as a suffer of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although I was previously diagnosed with two other autoimmune disorders, and genetically predisposed, I never imagined that I would receive the same diagnosis in my thirties.

 

Lifescript.com, (a health resource for women) was recently introduced to me during a time when I was searching for supporting Holistic Research to help control and slow the progression of my Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I’m doing well and consider myself to be healthy.  I also often remind myself that my situation could always be much worse.  Always.  But as I’ve had a bit of consistent pain in a few fingers, I’m well aware of the fact that I need to get serious about an anti-inflammatory diet as I believe in the connections between food, environment, and chronic systemic inflammation.

To be honest, there are times when I’ve wondered what I did to make my body create antibodies that attack my own healthy cells.  But in some strange ways, living with autoimmune disorders, including RA, has empowered me to be more conscious of my choices on a daily basis.  I regularly get acupuncture, take supplements and tend to my health in other ways.  I have to be mindful of my sleep, create time for exercise and connect with supportive friends.  Focusing on an anti-inflammatory diet is my next step.  And perhaps now I’ve created a way to hold myself accountable.    

I’ve found the below articles relating to Rheumatoid Arthritis to be helpfulAnd please feel free to pass on any information in the comment section if you are so inclined:

A Chef’s Solution For Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Anti-Inflammatory Diet Tips
Top Lifestyle Tips for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Lifescript’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Center features tips, quizzes, recipes and articles – all by professional health writers, experts and physicians – covering common RA symptoms, foods that compose an anti-inflammatory diet, new RA therapies and more. Please visit www.lifescript.com for useful information on Rheumatoid Arthritis and other prevalent medical conditions related to women’s health.  Also visit the Lifescript Health Center on Rheumatoid Arthritis for more information.  And to check out this free website, click here!

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  1. I can't imagen having RA but sometimes I wonder if I do. I have been in pain for as long as I remember but the doctors tell me nothing's wrong. I do have Hypothyroidism which can also cause pain and swelling. I hope the diet helps manage the RA.

    • Hi Ruby. Thanks for visiting. I'm sorry to hear that you are in pain. I too am hypothyroid (caused by Hashitmotos Disease). I know that I don't feel well when my levels are off (even slightly) – I hope that you can get the sort of care that you need to feel your best.

  2. You're very brave to put so much of yourself into this post. And I love that despite the RA, it's your hands, reminiscent of your Mother's that you chose.

    I hope that all the research you do and the choices you make impact you in a positive way.

  3. I know you said that you weren't sure about sharing your story here. But I'm glad you did, and I think a lot of others are, too. Sometimes it helps to write it out.

  4. im glad you shared, thats very brave of you.
    I cannot imagine having RA, so many people in pain for so long:(

    • Hi Terri- I'm doing well! And am grateful for that – I just want to do what I can to slow down the progression of RA. Thanks.

  5. Sharing such personal information is indeed scary. On the flip side, being open about this can open dialogue with others that share similar stories. Hugs to you Bella Monica, you are a beautiful gem.

  6. Thank you for generously sharing your personal experience regarding RA. This is very helpful most especially for mothers like me.

  7. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I also think alot of other people benefit when we share personal aspects of our lives. It helps to know that we are not alone. 🙂

  8. I have see my mother's hands in my own too, and it such a wonderful reminder of who we are, ins't it? My grandmother had RA really bad, but like you, she did not let it keep her down, ever.

    I love that you're taking proactive measures for yourself, and I'm going to go look at every single link you've posted. Awesome share!!!

  9. My sister is a sufferer of RA – and her symptoms were present and active well before I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. There were days when she couldn’t unfurl her fingers because the pain caused them to be stuck in position. I empathize with you, and pray for your Mother. Medications can only help with symptoms, diet and exercise and lifestyle help a lot, but a cure would be the best answer. I love the response you gave the reporter, and the sentiment behind it – in your hands you see your mother. So poignant.

    Elizabeth T, Early Rise

  10. I wish you well. It must be challenging as a mother to have these sorts of health concerns. You are I’m my thoughts and meditations.

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