Coping with a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis

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Narrator: People with rheumatoid arthritis are living longer, functioning better and have less need for joint surgery.

Virginia Wimmer: Yeah, at first it's very scary. You are kind of in shock and you're walking around. It's funny because you're also in a lot of pain usually when you get diagnosed. Because usually it's a really bad time when you first get diagnosed. So some of it is just anything, at least I know what it is. So you have relief along with your fear. It isn't just anything, it's this thing. So that actually helps you focus away from your mind making up all the other horrible things that it might be. Now you know what it is. Now you can research what it is. Now you have somebody to talk to about what it is. You have some options about how to make it better. It does take a while to get better, though. So you have to really learn to trust your doctor and your friends who know things about it so that you can get through the six, eight, 12 weeks for anything to get better. You slowly start to get better, and then you can change what you're doing.

April 07, 2015