Staying Positive With Rheumatoid Arthritis


Penny Smith

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Penny Smith has rheumatoid arthritis. She lives in Kennesaw, Georgia.

The best ways to cope with rheumatoid arthritis will vary from person to person, but there’s one thing you can always control: keeping a positive outlook.

Of course, there have been times when staying positive has been a challenge for me. And some of the worst occasions have been after interactions with doctors who had a less than perfect bedside manner. During one visit, my doctor was switching my medications and I remember telling him that I couldn’t wait to feel better. Without even making eye contact, he said this was the best I was going to feel for the rest of my life.

Hearing that made me wonder why I was even there.

Penny talks about having a good attitude with rheumatoid arthritis.