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Eileen

Eileen

When I was first diagnosed with RA, I was lost. I couldn’t function at home or in my job. I went from being a very physically active 57-year-old woman with a busy career and personal life to someone who was having difficulty getting out of bed or meeting my own basic needs. It was very isolating. Communicating with my doctors and managing my medications was a whole new and scary world. I felt like I was learning a new language in a foreign land! Between the pain and wierd symptoms that seemed to pop up every day, and the medications with their side effects, I was discouraged and overwhelmed. It seemed like I was never going to be able to pull myself out of what looked like a very bleak future. I found my RA Coach, Stefanie around 10 months after my diagnosis and my only regret is that I didn’t find her sooner. She reviewed my treatment program with me, helps me manage my treatments and gives me great advice. It’s been a tremendous benefit to be able to get answers or direction between appointments with my rheumatologist. It’s also been a great comfort to know that I have a knowledgeable professional to help provide me with treatment advice or even help me with hair products to use on my “RA hair”. Without her encouragement, I think I would have given up too easy on some of the medications and I’m glad that I didn’t. Her positive and realistic approach helps me to reframe how my circumstance impacts my day-to-day life. I truly believe that I wouldn’t be as stable physically or mentally if I was trying to navigate this journey on my own. I’m grateful that this service is available to me and consider this one of the best health investments I’ve ever made.

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