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Making It Work: Jennifer's Story13 Views
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects joints and can occur at any age. Watch this video to learn more about rheumatoid arthritis.
Description: Jennifer has rheumatoid arthritis-- she also has a successful writing career and a loving family. Watch this to learn her story and how she controls RA while living a happy and productive life.
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I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis for more than 30 years. My life drastically changed when biologics hit the market because at that point I wasn’t able to go up and down the stairs in our house and once I started on a biologic, things turned around. My life changed. I haven’t had any side effects or complications because of the biologics but right now I’m at the point where the original biologic that I’m on is no longer working so I’m in the transition period from changing one to another, which for me is a very scary proposition. As you know, there are many side effects and you always worry about that. So, I’m hoping to get good results from my new one as much as I had with the old one. When it came to the point that I had to have a joint replacement I took it really hard. It was a very depressing time in my life because finally I thought the arthritis won. And then I had to come to terms with…it wasn’t that the arthritis had won. I was still the super mom and super person that I had always been…I just had bionic parts.I also am a very big advocate of exercise. If you keep moving, your muscles will feel good, your joints will feel good and they’ll last longer. I love the water because there’s so many things you can do in the water you can’t do on land. When my arthritis kind of reared its ugly head and I knew that being a French teacher and standing on my feet all day was not going to be an option, I kind of switched gears. My writing is very therapeutic for me because if I’m not feeling well; I can escape into the world in which I’m living. Whether I’m interviewing an author, I can escape into their book or if I’m writing my own, I can escape into my world. I think my attitude and my mindset is probably 90 percent of how well I do. I know I need to take care of myself. I have two boys at home and a husband. I want to be the best mom and best wife that I can be and I can do that by taking care of my body.