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One awkward part of having an invisible illness is that, looking at me, you cannot tell I have two forms of arthritis.
I don’t look like what the average person thinks someone with arthritis looks like.
Similarly, women who experience early menopause are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis compared to those who experience normal or late menopause.
Given these connections between hormonal or reproductive life events and rheumatoid arthritis in women, researchers conducted an observational study to investigate the association of menopause with functional status in women with the disease.
Lost, confused, and alone, I was scared — and my fears only tormented me further when I was diagnosed with a second form of arthritis just over a year later.
Now approaching 32, as a single mother to a 5-year-old boy, I think back on the men I liked in my 20s — the men who are so not right for the woman I am today.
The results indicate that menopause has a significant impact on the level and rate of functional decline in women with rheumatoid arthritis and is associated with a worsening progression of the effects of the disease.
"Further study is needed as to why women with rheumatoid arthritis are suffering a greater decline in function after menopause," said the paper's lead author, Elizabeth Mollard.
Through trial and error, I’ve learned that simple daytime dates are best at first, both for my fatigue and the social anxiety that comes with first dates.I think about how fast I feel I’ve had to grow up over the last few years.Each relationship, fling, and break up has had some sort of an impact on my life, taught me about myself, love, and what I want.I spent most of the time confined to my apartment, hanging out with my son or meeting doctors and medical professionals, unable to escape the chaotic whirlwind of chronic illness. I had already felt the lash of men having a negative opinion of my being a single mother, the thing I am most proud of about myself. Even today, I sometimes wonder if being alone would be simpler. In today’s world of dating, they could easily just keep swiping on to the next better match without illness or child. It wasn’t always my child or my illness that would at times send men off in the other direction. It still takes tremendous effort to keep up with the self-care that’s necessary when living with a chronic illness: medication, talk therapy, exercise, and a healthy diet.But raising a child and living with this disease isn’t easy. But by making those priorities, as well as through my advocacy, I find myself better able to move forward and be proud of myself.