I’m Alyssa. I’m 20. I’m a full time college student, and a professional writer, among other things. I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disease which affects my joints and internal organs. A very good friend of mine suggested that I start blogging about my experiences with the disease. She blogs about her physical disability, and she said that she receives tons of emails from people thanking her for writing about something they can relate to. I’m not looking for thanks or recognition by keeping this. My hope is that I’ll be able to help others like me realize that they’re not alone. When people hear “arthritis,” they think it’s just an annoying illness that comes with aging. In reality, RA is much more serious and can affect people of all ages, including children and teenagers. Since most of the information I’ve read online about RA seems to be geared towards older adults, I’m hoping that I can help the younger crowd out. Being a kid nowadays is bad enough-throwing an incurable and often painful disease on top of that just flat out sucks. If you have RA too, I hope you will find the inspiration you need to live your life to the fullest. If you’re reading this for a friend or family member or just happened to stumble upon it while surfing the web, I hope this will serve to educate you and raise awareness.
Thanks for coming on this journey with me. I promise I will try to be as entertaining as possible.
Till next time,