Inspirational Quotes From Real People With Rheumatoid Arthritis – SheKnows

In the United States alone, approximately 1.5 million people live with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), with 71 out of every 100,000 people diagnosed each year. Chances are you have a family member, friend or co-worker who lives with this often misunderstood autoimmune disease or you might even admire someone in the public eye who also lives with the disease.

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That being said, the RA community is full of people who have been propelled into roles as educators and ambassadors, researchers and advocates along their health journey. From the first onset of symptoms to the (often long) road to diagnosis and treatment, there is a lot of learning and hard-earned wisdom that a patient will acquire along the way. Whether it’s coping with the changes that finally come with getting that answer to “why am I in so much pain?” question, navigating a busy and unequal healthcare system, learning about lifestyle changes or normalizing and sharing clutch products that could improve everyday life, navigating the ways that often “invisible” illnesses can be wrong understood or ignored by people who don’t receive or find a community among others who share your experiences, there is so much that everyone can learn by taking the time to really listen to people open up about their conditions and their stories.

Here are some inspirational quotes from people (some you may know, some you may not) living with rheumatoid arthritis. If you’re facing a difficult diagnosis (whether for yourself or a loved one), we hope you find some hope, humor, wisdom, and community ahead of you.

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