How RA Affects My Relationship With My Child

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Aisha Whisonant

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Aisha Whisonant, PSN, RA, The Rheumatoid Arthritis Diaries

Aisha Whisonant has rheumatoid arthritis. She's passionate about staying fit to keep healthy.

A rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis can profoundly change your relationship with your child. Going through it myself, I’ve learned that honesty is the best policy. Gather as much information about the disease as you can and share it with your kids.

My daughter, Greylynne, was six years old when my doctor diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis. Seeing me in so much pain at such a young age required major adjustments on her part. I needed her help in ways that I hadn’t before. It definitely meant she had to grow and learn patience.

After hearing discouraging news from several doctors regarding a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, Aisha decided to do her own research.