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livinginginginpeace posted:
My Dr. doctor asked me a year ago what was my secret in having come so far with my RA and fibro....4 years ago I was walking with sticks! My at the time 23 year ald daughter and I were diagnosed 1 month apart with RA. I told her that Cognative thinking, reading, and walking have been big factors, also, I take Cybalta, Neurotin, and now Humara shots. The biggest thing though...rmoving the stress from my life!!!! So...your job is causeing you great stess I'm sure, raising children is also a big stressor. you can apply for SSI and still work part time, say 4 hours a day, you will have to check. Both my daughter and I are on SS disablility, she had spent 8 years in college with only 2 credits left to get her degree....I am 52 now. Only you can make your own choices in you want to contiue to feel the way you do or would you like to start moving again? Believe me, as someone who work 50 to 80 hours a week myself...its not worth it!!! Good luck with your choice.
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear livinginpeace,

Thank you for the inspiring post!

I wish you and your daughter many exicting and interesting days to come, and congratulations on her degree.

Hopefully others will share their stories with you,

mcmch91 responded:
What a split edge you find yourself on. On one hand, you and your daughter have each other for support, but you must both deal with the disease. I think your outlook is refreshing.

3 1/2 years ago, I got my first arthritis med - just a pain pill since it was not diagnosed as RA. Now, the medicinal cocktail and the RA keep me struggling. I am a teacher and find that at 38. I don't know how long I will be able to stick with the job that is part of me. Stress is a major factor. You've given me food for thought.

Best of luck.

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