Rocking’ the Rheum – Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Hello, world!

I got laid off last week because of their budget cut.

I have worked at a big organization where I enjoyed developing my career and skills with wonderful people.  It was depressing to me because of the feeling of being excluded and invalid.  The day they told me to lay me off was a week before I had one of the big events in my life, which is going to see the Artemis launch since I made the astronaut Snoopy.  Now it is about two weeks passed, I feel already better.  I have started thinking to organize my brain and want to write about what I have done in my career and living with my health condition, Rheumatoid Arthritis.

In 2019 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  My whole entire joints were in intense pain.  I couldn’t move them.  I couldn’t walk, get up myself, hold a pen, brush, needle, or scissors, you name it.   All my career, living as an artist, my hands are important parts of tools. I felt like my career was over.   Little by little, my condition has progressed since then because of my medication (thanks to the science), my wonderful doctors, and my exercise/obsession – Bouldering.  There is no cure for RA, but I have found a way to improve mobility and live with RA.

Since I got some free time, I would like to share the journey of my past artwork and bouldering life with RA.  My lovely husband named my blog title “Rockin’ the Rheum!” I have a lot to learn about bouldering, I hope I can share my experience and inspire people like me.

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