In a world where autoimmune diseases are becoming more and more common, why is it that people still don’t seem to understand what Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is?
Having an autoimmune condition means that the body is constantly in the process of fighting itself. Normally the immune system fights off unwanted visitors however with a condition like RA, the immune system is confused and instead has an internal battle with itself. This causes symptoms like stiff and painful joints.
Unfortunately, however, those that do suffer from the condition can find themselves in a frustrating situation where the world around them doesn’t fully appreciate or understand the implications of living with something like RA. In many cases, the individual has no physical symptoms. This means the only way they can express how they feel is through what they say.