Research, Hard work, and a Little Elbow Grease | Tom’s RA Journey
Last fall, Tom began experiencing relief from his pain and swelling. Because his doctor reported that his inflammation markers had plummeted so low in response to his treatment, he is now considered to be in remission.
Tom said he feels profound empathy for others still suffering with arthritis. He wants patients to know that while it’s important to listen to and respect doctors’ advice, it can beneficial to speak up and share input and ideas on treatment methods too.
“Don’t be afraid to do some research on your own about treatment options and nutrition plans,” Tom advised. “Be open minded, and eventually you and your doctor can create a plan that works for you individually.”
After he beat his RA into remission in just a few short months, Tom feels confident that with some research, hard work, and a little elbow grease, there is no household appliance or health condition that he cannot remedy.
“I can stay active all day, shovel snow, exercise moderately, and fix appliances around the house like before,” revealed Tom. “If opening up about my journey to find the proper physician helps inspire one person with RA to be proactive with their treatment methods, then taking the time to share my testimony is worth it to me. I hope sharing my determination to find a cure can help open the eyes, ears and minds of everyone affected by this disease.”
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