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A life changer

It all started with just a swollen toe back in 2013. Within a year of seeing different doctors, I was officially diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2014. I had never heard of the disease, I know I had suffered with mild psoriasis in the past, but didn't know it could be a precursor to this! Since diagnosis I have had to adjust to a new normal life.

Making adjustments to a new normal with psoriatic arthritis

I have decreased mobility and need an aid to walk. I am licensed with hand controls for my car after not being able to drive for two years. Most activities have to be planned out because of the pain. I have to alter between standing and sitting because neither are comfortable for too long a time.

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My doctors have been able to somewhat control the pain by prescribing biologic meds. I’m on my 7th one after trial and error, along with shots every week of a low dose chemo drug and many pills and supplements. I never in a million years thought I would feel pain head to toe in my 40's!

I have learned a lot about myself and my strength since this diagnosis. It has been an almost unbelievable road, but I am thankful for the wonderful people at New Haven Rheumatology, my amazing family, friends and coworkers. I am lucky and very fortunate to have a great support system.

Many people say to me, with all you go through in your life, how is it that you are always smiling, I don't really have an answer for that one, but no matter what happens in my life I always have faith and hope and always remember to count my blessings! xo

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