May 2016 Archive

Guest post from a fellow RA Warrior

Posted Wednesday 18th May 2016   By Ericka Waller

So I woke up this morning to the most amazing email from Stephen. He explained how he was also a keen sports person until RA robbed him of his energy. Like many of us, he has good days and bad days, but his RA never goes away. It's always lurking round dark corners, waiting to jump out. What I loved the most about his email, aside from his honesty, which I am honoured he shared with me (I love with people contact me and say 'you struck a chord with me' because for so long I felt so alone and had no one to talk to), was this genius poem, which he wrote and has allowed me to share with you ...

My RA story

Posted Wednesday 18th May 2016   By Ericka Waller

I have so many people contact me to tell me thier RA stories. My heary hurts for all of them because I know what it feels like to feel lonely and alone with this awful illness. Below is an interview I recently did for an RA magazine. I thought I'd share it here too, it might help shed some light in the dark.

Parenting with an Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted Wednesday 18th May 2016   By Ericka Waller

I am a 34-year-old mum of three and I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, an auto-immune disorder that effects joints, causing swelling, stiffness, pain and exhaustion. When people hear the word 'arthritis' they often think I mean a sore knee or a dicky hip, like your nanna has in cold weather. RA is a chronic auto-immune disease that affects the whole body. There is no cure. When the Specialist diagnosed me, I thought she had made a mistake. I was 30, had just had my third child and exercised five times a week. When she went on to list all the medications I would need to take and their possible side effects my head swam. My whole life changed in fifteen minutes.

Can a Superhero get a day off?

Posted Tuesday 17th May 2016   By Ericka Waller

Recently, I've been doing a load of stuff around RA. I've done some interviews and worked with The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (RNAS) to raise awareness and break down barriers to better, faster care for patients. I've been connecting with loads of awesome people on Twitter and Instagram who are fellow RA sufferers. We've been sharing stories, and tips. I've been called inspirational. But I feel like a fraud, because between and you me, I'm bloody knackered.