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Excerpts from the book
"Although arthritis is partly an enemy in my life and honestly very difficult, learning to accept its perils with its gifts has been a life-changing opportunity." - Daisy Gallardo
“We are valuable and needed: onscreen, onstage, at every table.” - McKayla Triffo
“I have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, but it does not define me.” - Dana Capsambelis
"I’ve experienced medical trauma after trauma due to RA, whether it’s getting sick more often or continuing to fight against internalized and externalized ableism—I am young, after all, and when most people think of a disability like RA, they don’t think of a young man.” - David Advent
"Chronic illness has taken my life on a detour I wasn’t expecting, but it’s still a beautiful ride!” - Laura McGregor
“Before my autoimmune arthritis diagnosis, I never envisioned mobility aids being a part of my life. My friends and I joked about a future of racing walkers or wheelchairs as senior citizens but never gave serious thought to being dependent on one. Enter debilitating pain from multiple chronic illnesses.” - Cynthia Covert
“Dealing with arthritis comes with a heavy emotional, mental and especially physical burden dealing with medical professionals who have limited communication skills just adds to this burden. We as patients do need to work harder on advocating for ourselves, but this shouldn't be a burden shouldered only by the patients. Doctors need to have the skills to speak to and engage with their patients so that they don't avoid seeking help because they don't feel they'll be listened to or helped.” - Jodie Humphries
“Stronger than the Storm.” - Chelsea Flores
“Try and manage this to the best of your ability, use pain management as well, that’s what I am gonna do. Good luck.” - Rollin Johnson Jr.
“It’s lonely sometimes.” - Lawrence Phillips
“Perspective is everything.” - Analisa Politano
"I truly believe in the saying that when you smile, the whole world smiles with you. Sure, there are hardships, sad moments, times when you feel like giving up. But look at all the meaningful connections you've made in spite of RA – and even because of it. I wouldn't have some of the most amazing friends if it wasn't for my rheumatic condition. They give me a sense of solidarity. I find comfort in chatting with them, talking about my symptoms and having the whole room nod in approval. 'Yes, me too'.” - Cristina Montoya
“The quote that keeps me going during tough times is the one by Dumbledore; ‘Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.’ It is not the feeling of happiness (remission in this case) in itself, but the pursuit and the journey of finding that light and hope that pushes us out of the dark. Always remember to turn on the light.” - Pooja Panchamia
“It took 27 years of having arthritis to have someone outside of healthcare respond to my health shit in the way I needed them to – the way I deserve. Instead of advice or jumping to conclusions or cure evangelism, they were just there with me in that moment.” - Grayson Shultz
“Put yourself and your health first and you will keep rheumatoid arthritis under control. A lesson from my own experience.” - Berina Kapa
“Having arthritis makes me feel like I’m living with the seven dwarfs.” - Kerry Wong
“When life decided to take me on a journey with chronic illness, I went with it just like I went with all the adventures I’ve had with travel. Although I’ve had to give up things, I love the most, I found other things that I love equally as much. In the midst of illness, I could still choose how I wanted to live each day within my limits and who I wanted to be. I used to be a traveler, but now my days are filled with helping others navigate their own journeys. And we can take those journeys together. After all, the point is to keep moving forward." - Carrie Kellenberger
“People stop noticing you when you are in pain every day. Find a way to stay visible to the people around you.” - Jed Finley
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