I live in New Mexico.
Home of green chile, Roswell, Santa Fe Opera and blue skies. I was raised up on New York’s border with Canada of Irish and French-Canadian parents. I inherited the spice of both. So, I have spunk. I lived in many places before settling in Albuquerque. It is a good place to be.
In 2013 I was diagnosed with a severe Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The diagnosis followed an ER visit and a visit to a rheumatologist. Methotrexate was the starter drug. Prednisone and meloxicam were added. The medications helped but my body was still badly inflamed. Plaquenil was added. Next, I was diagnosed with stage three thyroid cancer followed by surgery. Two weeks after the surgery I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Again another surgery.
The cancers complicated the RA treatment as the biologics were not allowed with a cancer diagnosis. Sulfasalazine wasn’t tolerated. The next year was filled with radiation treatments and attempts to find solutions for the RA. Leflunomide was tried but didn’t work. I spent another year with a third cancer caused by Tamoxifen. I spent several more years with complications from methotrexate, soft tissue necrosis.
Currently I am on Orencia and low dose Medrol.
My blog has a purpose.
The purpose of Mary’s Arthritis is to relate my experiences and to share my perspective on this tough illness. It is also to discuss what I have learned about rheumatoid arthritis.
My front page includes the following:
Maneuvering the medical world
Other Diseases related in some way to RA