I have been asked by several new patients how I dealt with having RA at such a young age. The truth is that it was not only hard at the beginning, it’s still a major issue in my life. The only difference between now and then is that now I know that I am more than the sum of my illness. I now know that no matter what RA [or fibro] throws at me I can take it, I may be down and out for a day but there is always tomorrow. I learned it’s not about taking one week at a time or even one day at a time, it’s about taking it one minute at a time. I live in such a state of uncertainty that when I am presented with the opportunity to get stuff done I have to jump on the proactive trin and deal with things quickly. I’ve also learned not to beat myself up over things I can’t control [such as but not limited to: Missing class, missing homework due dates, missing sorority events, missing things with friends, canceling on friends, eating healthy, and sticking to a schedule]. In the end all you can do is give it your best effort.