JRA.... Journal of a Radical Arthritis Chick

Here I give advice, speak of my experiences and give information to those who want to better understand Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am NOT a medical professional, and you should always seek advice from a doctor.

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Hello everyone! I am 28 years old and was diagnosed with JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) when I was just 3 years old. I've had my battles with this disease over the years, and have decided to create a blog. I want to share my stories and adivce with other RA chicks, or anyone interested, to raise awareness and get insight from others. Feel free to comment/question me about anything. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

New post, New motive!

Hello everyone!

Sorry I haven't written in a while, I was bad about keeping up with my journal.  I'm going to try and write on a regular basis.  I really want to use this blog to express my experiences with my illnesses and pass on some advice to others.  I hope this will help!

Let's update things a  bit.... I have been on Humira for about 5 years, and about 3 months ago I started on Methotrexate.  I have been on and off the prednisone, but every time it's stopped, I seem to have a little bit of a flare.  I saw my Rheumy a couple of weeks ago and he upped the MTX and is keeping me on the prednisone until I see him on December 29th.   However, the MTX is making my hair fall out.... it's thinned out a lot.  I take Folic Acid everyday, but doesn't seem to help.  I contacted my doctor and he stated that it's either a side effect from the MTX or something else.  He started me on Leucovorin, another vitamin, but taken only once a week.  I hope this helps!

The one thing that irks me about this disease, is the amount of medication that I am on.  I have such a long list, I really wish I didn't have to take so many.  I've tried taking herbs and vitamins, but nothing works to like the medicines.  I'd even be happy if I could narrow it down to just one medicine.... maybe in the future they will be able to find a cure.  One can only hope!

Coming in the next blogs....
-RA Dictionary: for those who read this who don't have RA, or are new and don't understand some of the terms I use.
-And Holiday cooking with RA -- some easy tips to help!

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Blogger Project Journal said...

YAY Mal!!!
So glad you're gonna do this : )

I'm definitely going to keep my eye out for posts! Lol...

If you want, pop on over to my blog sometimes and enter for the giveaways. Some of my guests have offered free giveaways for the readers, just so you know! Books, gift cards, etc!
Talk to you later,

December 7, 2010 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger maybeitsmallory said...

Thanks Hannah! I love reading your blogs. Where do I find these giveaways?


December 7, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Project Journal said...

Lol, Mal!! I just added a Giveaways Page/Tab at the top of my blog so you can get to them easier. They are hidden at the end of the interview usually. There are two current ones, one's a new one today! But there's more to come ; )

December 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

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