My name is Marianne. I have suffered from RA for 5 years since having chemotherapy for breast cancer. I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia along with osteoarthritis of my hands and knees. I have been a medical assistant for 34 years and had to recently move from VA to my home in PA with my mom due to not being able to work anymore– Talk about depression and sadness! I was 52 years old, living on my own since I was 18 and now had severe hand pain and couldn’t do my job anymore. I have since found some relief from the pain and I am able to work 20 hours a week. I joined several RA groups, but no one had solutions… They just talked about their situations. I wanted solutions to get back to doing everyday life like working since I worked 3 jobs before my hand pain became severe. Then one day a few months ago my son told me about this NP who was also a Rheumatoid Coach. Imagine my happiness!! My son suggested that I start following her on social media and sign up for her free email letters. This was one of the best decisions of my life. I was thrilled, someone who worked in the medical field like me and had RA. I started reading her blogs and several of them really influenced me. I never took my disease seriously until I met Stefanie. I didn’t want to accept I had limitations but she has taught me to make adaptations and live a productive life again. (For example, One of her blogs was about wearing a blouse that had a neck button in the back and she was struggling with buttoning it, so she just wore a scarf and no one knew any different. It was an eye opener for me that there were actual ways to make my life easier and save my strength for my job.) Then it only gets better, I won 3 free sessions with Stefanie through a social media contest– I couldn’t have asked for a better life altering gift! During my Illuminate sessions with Stefanie, I have learned how to adapt my life with Rheumatoid Arthritis and not let it control my life. I have also realized just because people appear to be handling the day well, does not mean they didn’t make adaptations earlier in the day to get them there. My life has taken a whole new avenue since having my Illuminate! Your Life with RA! sessions with Stefanie! Please sign up to work with her… You won’t regret it!