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