In July 2010, I was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis. It’s crazy to think about everything the past 5 years has held. When I was diagnosed, I thought that I was close to relief. That’s true for many people, but for me it was just the beginning. I’ve already shared my story, so today I thought that I would look at my years of pain in numbers.
My Arthritis By the Numbers
FIFTY-EIGHT: The number of joints that were affected by arthritis when I was diagnosed.
FIFTY-FOUR: The lowest number of my joints that have been affected.
THIRTY-SOMETHING: The number of medical professionals I’ve seen.
FOURTEEN: The years since the pain started.
TWENTY-FIVE: The number of pills I take a day.
TWENTY: How long, in minutes, it took for my rheumatologist to diagnose me.
NINETEEN: The age I was when I was diagnosed.
TEN: The age I was when I started being in pain daily and the number of scars I have from surgeries.
NINE: How many years it took to be diagnosed with arthritis.
SIX: The number of arthritis treatments I’ve been on in the past five years.
FIVE: The years since I was diagnosed, the number of surgeries I’ve had, and the number of rheumatologists that I’ve seen in my lifetime.
FOUR: How long (in inches) the screw was in my ankle when it was fused, how many months are in between my infusions, and how many joints have been permanently damaged because I wasn’t diagnosed sooner.
THREE: The types of arthritis my doctor has thought I’ve had.
TWO: The types of chemotherapy I’ve been on and the surgeries I could have avoided if I was diagnosed sooner.
ONE: The number of screws I have in my ankle now, the number of rheumatoid arthritis treatments that have worked for me, and the number of rheumatologists who listened to me.
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