Hello out there and welcome to my Rheumatoid Arthritis blog!
The Rheuma Mill was born in 2020 as a result of my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis in 2019. It began as a means for me to write about my condition which had altered my life immeasurably. For those who have RA, you know what I’m talking about. I needed an avenue to vent and to write about my struggles. Rheumatoid arthritis can be a very lonely disease. I had never heard of it before I got it, I didn’t know anyone who had it and no-one around me had every heard of it either. No-one. Not one soul knew the pain I was in and how utterly I was destroyed, physically and mentally, as a result of it.
I wasn’t sure initially where I wanted to take The Rheuma Mill. Initially, I just felt the urge to get all my feelings down. They say that it feels better to talk about things. Well, I had no-one to really talk to about it, no-one I felt I could burden with invitations to my pity party. Hence, I spoke to the virtual universe via The Rheuma Mill. I thought maybe if I could help one less person out there with rheumatoid arthritis feel a little less lonely then it would all be worth it.
In the past 2 years, The Rheuma Mill has had hundreds of thousands of visitors, a good presence on social media, 1000 members in our Facebook support group, sponsors and articles that have been shared far and wide. I would like to thank each and every one of you for visiting and for growing The Rheuma Mill into what it is today. Through it, I’ve been able to try different things, learn some new skills and meet some incredible people. The success of The Rheuma Mill surpassed all my expectations – not that I really had any. It has certainly made me feel a little less lonely and a little more useful.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
I guess if you’re reading this page, then you probably already have an idea of what rheumatoid arthritis is. I’ve created a video to explain a little about it anyhow and you can find that at the bottom of the page.
I’ve come to learn through my time on The Rheuma Mill that rheumatoid arthritis is like a spectrum. The way in which it affects people is so different. What you will find on The Rheuma Mill is ways in which it has affected me. You will also find information that has helped me and others.
The question I want to answer is not ‘what is rheumatoid arthritis?’ but ‘what do I want you to know about rheumatoid arthritis?’
I want you to know that it can be life altering. I know for me it was. My life was completely thrown off it’s current trajectory and thrusted into a completely different orbit. It may sound a little dramatic but it really took my life off course. I want you to know that it can often be an invisible disease. You often can’t see it, but it is there. It can also be excruciating and I can attest to that.
It’s important for people to know that rheumatoid arthritis is not just arthritis. There are actually over 100 types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis being the second most common behind osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which can affect every joint in your body, including those microscopic ones in your eyes!
The Rheuma Mill’s new look in 2022!
I am currently updating The Rheuma Mill with a new look and new focus.
It will be a work in progress with no set completion date. You will still have access to all the articles I’ve written through All my Rheumas and I will continue to add content.