RA Athlete and Hope for your future

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Priscilla McKenney
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   Posted 11/17/2017 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I am an athlete, outdoor professional and adventuress who was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 35 years ago at age 23.

In spite of the odds, I am thriving today at 58. I hope my blog will serve to shine a light on RA for the general public and inspire those who live with RA. We need more positive images and stories of people living with RA.

Check out my current blog entitled Epic Odyssey, and Ouch! Six Lessons Worth Sharing.

I am interested in hearing about other athletes living with RA- success, challenges, recovery, vitamins.

Link to my story: http://www.itsaboutthriving.com/chronic-life/

I look forward to hearing from you!


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   Posted 11/20/2017 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. Cannot wait to read your blog.

Priscilla McKenney
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   Posted 11/20/2017 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Just go to my page and click on Chronic Life:

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   Posted 11/21/2017 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I read your blog & was quite impressed with it. I think it is fantastic that you did not let this disease define who you are. Any time a person gets a diagnosis of a disease that is life long, between the physical & emotional impact it can be difficult at best. I love to read success stories such as yours. It is encouraging for others to read. I do not have RA, but enough other health issues that are life long.

Keep up the good work, I think you are doing great.
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   Posted 11/22/2017 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
i look forward to reading blog also. keep strong continued strength and encouragement. good on ya.

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   Posted 11/25/2017 2:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Priscilla,
I read a bit of your blog and some of the links. I will read more when I have time, but I really like the message and your perserverence. I especially like the link about what NOT to say to people suffering from RA, having heard them all in the 15 years since I contracted RA.
I am also on Enbril, after humira quit working several years back. While I don't consider myself an athlete, per se, I love my workouts and I am unhappy if I have a flare that keeps me from my routine.
I will turn 56 next week, and I am getting to the point that I am facing the real possibility of losing the athleticism I have been able to enjoy with the biologics. Also, a recent X-Ray found that I have a herniated disc in my back, and I have an MRI scheduled. My shoulder surgeries for torn ligaments are failing and I will need to replace one soon, and the other shoulder and knees eventually.
However, with a day of rest here and there, I am still able to run, jump and dance. So that is what I intend to do for as long as I can!
I'm glad you joined this forum and shared your blog with us. I'm looking forward to reading through your entire story.
I am also a Northern CA gal, and my Rheumatologist, Dr. Burnbaum, is out of San Franciso. Is he yours as well?
Hope to see more of you here Priscilla!

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   Posted 12/3/2017 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for posting and giving us hope. I am sorry you got this disease so young but glad to hear you are doing so very well.
Sjogrens syndrome 2/15 via lip biopsy: Seronegative RA , fibromyalgia
colitis-resection 11/10, hashimoto's thyroiditis, morphea, GERD
Meds: plaquenil, synthroid, Zantac, restasis, estrogen patch, prometrium, VSL #3, evening primrose oil, Omega 3 supplement-Maxi Tears, L glutamine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Co Q10.

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   Posted 2/12/2018 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this. I am not exactly an athlete but up until about eight months ago I was pretty active for my age. Long story short, after a disastrous bout at the gym which resulted in significant soft tissue damage, I got the RA diagnosis just after Thanksgiving. Oh, and I had JUST started the MTX when I got shingles. My weight has dropped, mostly muscle loss. My activity level is pathetic. I am only 62 and not ready for this. I have a horse and I need to ride, but life lately is hard. I guess what I want to know is, Am I going to be normal again? Am I going to get my life back? Will the RA pain and swelling diminish to the point I can get the injuries repaired and be able to go into my 70s with strength and enthusiasm? I know there are a lot of people who are a lot worse off, but I need to know that this tunnel has a light at the end. Thanks.
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