I totally understand your Mom's upset, been there and done that, but the good news is that they have a diagnosis now and can begin treatment and hopefully get the RA under control. I was diagnosed at age 26 and after a year of on and off battles with it, it went into remission for ten glorious years. I was young and made the mistake of not continuing my medicine when it was in remission and it eventually came out and showed me who was boss. I'm now on Humira and doing well although I've had to deal with distorted hands and feet but with modern medicine and surgeries there is much to be done to correct those things but of course early diagnosis thus prevention of deformities is the key. Good Luck to your Mom! Like myself, she is very fortunate to have such a caring son (assuming billo is a male :) Hang in there and keep writing. We're all here to help if we can.
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