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My son said I needed to set the RA aside

My son, who was trying to be helpful, said I needed to set the RA aside while I deal with the cancer. Sounded like a good idea to me. Wish it could be so.

I have been more fortunate that many with my RA. I am functioning. I do have energy most days. My pain varies but it manageable. I have a few small deformities. They are not big ones. I have an excellent rheumatologist. I have an excellent endocrinologist.  Yes, it is amazing. I can even spell these big words without looking them up.

Added to my collection of experts is an excellent surgeon with a warm and friendly attitude. She is board certified with  special training in endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic. She also has  extensive experience with thyroid surgery. I will feel confident in my slumber under her knife. I expect to wake up, vital neck structures still intact. This is so very reassuring to me.

Today I had an ultrasound of my neck. Thursday I have my last PT with Christine. She has been very helpful in getting me into a good exercise routine. Friday I see my rheumatologist. In between I photograph my wonderful clients. That is the best part and the part I do not want to have to give up. It is so much of my life.

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Not to be passive,
not to be depressed,
but to work toward the best possible outcome.

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Woman, friend, mother, RN, photographer, gardener, writer, researcher, observer, swimmer. Pretty much the same as everyone else with my own little twist to things. RA, and three cancers and counting. Life is good despite the obstacles. It's worth the ride just to see the infinite variations of the human spirit.


  1. I don’t know if it just that I can only deal with one major health issue at a time or if they just take turns being in control. Your son’s advice seems very logical to me. Focus on the one that is heaviest on your mind.

    Just because of you I am going to ask for a thyroid panel on my next checkup. They say autoimmune issues go in 3’s. It is good to have it checked.

    I was lucky that my carotid artery surgery was in the winter. I bought a lot of scarves to wrap around my neck until the incision calmed down and didn’t look like a mad slasher had been at me. lol It did shock people for a while. Your incision will be very small if there is a silver lining!


    • I wanted to update my last response to you. I saw my rheumatologist, Dr Reiter. I feel truly lucky to have her.
      1. She agrees that a person cannot set aside such a difficult disease as RA. I am also in a flare with new joints being difficult.
      2. She said I will need to stop the methotrexate the week before my surgery.The surgeon needs me to stop the meloxicam the week before the surgery.
      3. She discussed with me my tramadol medication. she said to take it. I have too much pain and it does am taking it 3 times a day as prescribed.It will help me through this.

      I thought of you today when we were discussing my adjustments in preparation for the surgery.


      • I will certainly be thinking of you as this all comes about. It sounds like your doctor really listens to you. Take extra good care of yourself!


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