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Hi, my name is ElliesMom. I’m new to The Mighty and look forward to sharing my story.



#RheumatoidArthritis I was diagnosed with RA at age 24 and am now 75, fibro about 30 years ago. Lots of pain chapters--I learned from a priest friend who was also chronically ill to say--instead of I am fine--Glory to God in all things .I have been blessed with docs who "get it." I have been on Enbrel since it first came out and it got me out of a wheelchair. Sadly to say pain and its results have lead to a fall that resulted in a small spinal cord injury and fused c-3-c-7. Another caused a broken ankle on which I have had two surgeries and yet another in which I sustained a broken hip. Needless to say, I have my own internal weather report. My children were raised with me reading to them in my bed because in bed was all I could do--to having several years of leading a Brownie Troop from a wheelchair and to being forcibly retired from a job I loved when the RA got so bad..... BUT I am blessed to be able to babysit my beautiful grand daughters, drive a car, live on my own (after the falls my house was renovated to help prevent falls by my best and dearest friend.) I have a joyful life with various ways to adjust to my health. My doc says "You're in great shape for the shape you're in." PS Ellie is my little 4 1/2 pound dog who things she is a rottweiler!

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