It can get you down, I know! I was diagnosed back in 2006. My oldest was just entering middle school and he is now grown and out of school...when I think of it in those terms..in terms of years, that I have been going to my rheumy for that long, it can still get me down. I used to ask my rheumy if this would *ever* go away, and he said he did not believe in remissions...I simply dismissed his lack of optimism, convinced that I would someday wake up feeling pain free and RA free, like my old self
Needless to say, I have come to terms for the most part, that I am stuck with this auto-immune yuckiness that pretty much dictates my days.