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Inspiring Quotes from Real People Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis

In the United States alone there are approximately 1.5 million people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), with 71 people out of every 100,000 diagnosed each year. It’s very likely you have a family member, a friend or a colleague who lives with this often misunderstood autoimmune disease or you might even admire someone in the public eye that also lives with the condition.

That being said, the RA community is full of individuals who have been thrust into the roles of educators and ambassadors, researchers and advocates as they’ve made their way through their health journeys. From the first appearance of symptoms to the (often long) road to diagnosis and treatment, there’s a lot of learning and a lot of hard-earned wisdom a patient will pick up along the way. Whether it’s coping with the changes that come with finally getting that answer to the “why am I in such pain?” question, navigating a fraught and unequal healthcare system, learning lifestyle changes or normalizing and sharing clutch products that might improve day-to-day life, navigating the ways the often “invisible” illnesses can be misunderstood or ignored by people who don’t get it or finding community among others that share your experiences, there’s so much that everyone can learn from taking the time to really listen to people opening up about their conditions and their stories.

Here are just a few inspiring quotes from people (some you may recognize, others you might not) living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. If you’re looking at a difficult diagnosis (either for yourself or a loved one), we hope you’ll find some hope, humor, wisdom and community ahead.

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