It's scary, An_24987! Take heart, though. I think RA treatments have really improved. I see a lot of people going through treatment for it who say the medications help a lot, and bring their quality of life much closer to how it was before getting sick.
I agree with xperky about finding love. It's out there, and a compassionate person who can love you for you will not care about the RA. We all have something that others have to put up with. Personality issues would be much more difficult to tolerate View Thread
Balanceddays, I really needed to see that answer!! Not that I've worried about finding someone to marry, but I am new to a diagnosis (first SLE in September, then changed to RA last week) and I've been in slight freakout mode. The drugs sound scary, but the disease does, too, so I'm so glad to read about how your life changed for the better once you got on the proper medication.
Attitude is so much. I try hard to maintain a positive outlook, but it sure helps to get a little boost from the outside now and again.View Thread
I'd say backpack, too, except that lately I'm finding it difficult to take one off my back. There are a lot of good suggestions on here. I, too, would like a flat, solid bottom that allows the purse to stand, a large enough opening, magnetic closures, wide straps and a light weight to the bag.
Additionally, dividers or a good array of pockets to make it easy to quickly find keys, meds, chapstick, cell phone, etc.
And I like long straps that you can wear across the body the best, but I do find I have to switch shoulders often, especially if I am out shopping, so I've often wondered if it would help to have that across the body strap AND a belt for around the hips to distribute the weight off the shoulders. But a pretty belt, not a fanny bag kind of thing.
Barring that, I've taken to wearing cargo pants so I can stuff my pockets with stuff I would normally put in a purse, so take my design ideas with that in mind - lol. I'm not exactly a fashion mavin.View Thread