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. I garden, swim, write. I am on the board of Cancer Support Now.
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. Sulfasolazine 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’m on methotrexate injections. Rituxan didn’t work. In spite of the risks, my rheumatologist started me on Orencia. Time to wait and see. Progress hasn’t been good so I have learned many coping strategies including pain management. I also feel like I have a monkey on my back with cancer as I am such I high risk for more.
My blog has a purpose.
The purpose of Marysarthritis is to relate my experiences and to share my perspective on this tough illness. I started out totally in pain and totally confused. I am no longer confused but the pain lingers on. My blog is still in startup mode. I want it to be a solid site of practical helpful information. I also see the experiences of others as helpful to me. I hope I can be helpful to others.