It’s been said that RA patients, along with others receiving a chronic illness diagnosis, often go through the five stages of grief. These stages were first described by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in 1969 and include denial/isolation, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance. While these stages of grief were originally meant to apply to death or dying they’ve certainly been applied to other serious situations, including long-term illness.

I follow a number of blogs, forums, and support sites where patients have loudly (in all caps) proclaimed, “I WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS DISEASE!” I politely beg to differ because I believe that acceptance is the very foundation of living your fullest with RA.

To read the rest of the article and understand why I feel so strongly, see the full post at, here: