The emotional aftermath and exhaustion
Larry was not emotionally prepared for his diagnosis. He had never expected anything like this to happen to him. On top of that, a lot of his symptoms were really atypical for rheumatoid arthritis, making it even harder for him and his wife to believe at first. To them, it felt like the diagnosis came out of left field.
It was hard to cope with the diagnosis, especially since Larry and his wife are very active people. They also started out not knowing too much about his disease. As they read more about rheumatoid arthritis and educated themselves, they learned that the disease can get so severe it could cause complications of Larry’s organs. Larry and his wife were so thankful to have at least caught his symptoms fast enough to start early treatment.
Larry was exhausted.
Besides the initial shock of the diagnosis, each day proved to be an emotional rollercoaster. With rheumatoid arthritis, the severity of the symptoms can change with each and every day. Some days, he may feel good and strong enough to a point of near normalcy. Other days might be plagued with discomfort and pain so severe he would be unable to get out of bed. These unpredictable fluctuations leave Larry both physically and spiritually drained.