My Journey with RA EP: 034

podcast May 12, 2021

What I’m sharing with you today is something I have not openly talked about with other people.

It’s not so much that I’m ashamed of it. It’s because I don’t want it to define me as a person, and I don’t want to offend somebody dealing with this differently from me… so much so that as a result, I’ve been keeping myself from discussing it. 

It’s about my life-long battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

I’ve long planned to record this episode, but I kept pushing it back since talking about it made me uncomfortable. Today, I am finally opening up and giving you the inside story on my life with RA.

Here are some of the things I share in this episode:

  • What RA is and what it was like to be 18 months old suffering from this disorder
  • The doctor’s prognosis of what my life would be like with RA
  • The non-traditional way I have dealt with my condition
  • Realizing that the pain from RA was only half the battle; the other half was having the mindset to overcome what was stopping me from living my life the way I wanted to
  • Standing at the finish line waiting for my husband to complete his marathon, and wanting to be the one running the race
  • What my husband’s running coach told me -- which was exactly what I needed to hear
  • Some life lessons I’ve learned along the way that I hope you’ll find wisdom in, too

Dealing with RA or any kind of condition that limits what you can do is definitely not easy. It can make you feel defeated when really, you have the power to turn it around and not let it define you or your life.

Ultimately, we need to remind ourselves that we CAN do hard things. We CAN achieve whatever it is that we want. Set your mind to it, take action, and you’re already halfway there.

I’d love to know if this episode resonated with you in any way. Join me over at the LIGHTbeamers Community on Facebook, share your own story, and shine a light for others.


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