What’s it like to be a Lawyer with Rheumatoid Arthritis? Amy’s Story

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Amy shares what she’s learned while managing a fast paced, mentally taxing career as a lawyer while living with rheumatoid arthritis. Amy & Cheryl share their experiences in peer support groups, and explore how they've both learned how to challenge their internalized ableism and overcome shame through connecting with others in Cheryl's Rheum to THRIVE support group.

Episode at a glance

  • Amy’s diagnosis journey during the Covid19 pandemic- after severe fatigue, brain fog and pain, Amy gets preliminary diagnosed with RA by her primary care doctor but faces a long waiting time to see a Rheumatologist. She also experiences other challenges getting healthcare due to the Covid19 pandemic.
  • Reflections on balancing a demanding career as a lawyer with RA, including a discussion about how and whether to disclose your disability in the workplace
  • The importance of support: Amy discovers she doesn’t have to go through this alone after connecting with others on social media and joining Cheryl’s Rheum to THRIVE support group
  • Shame, mobility aids and challenging internalized ableism: Amy shares how she’s gone from hiding her disability to having a pretty cane she can show off, but continues to face some challenges using mobility aids such as wheelchairs.

Medical disclaimer:

All content found on Arthritis Life public channels was created for generalized informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Episode Sponsors

Rheum to THRIVE, a community support & education program Cheryl created to help people with rheumatic disease go from overwhelmed, confused and alone to confident, supported and connected. The next group starts on April 2nd and registration closes on March 31st - sign up today!

Rheumatoid Arthritis Roadmap, a self-paced online course Cheryl created that teaches you how to confidently manage your physical, social and emotional life with rheumatoid arthritis.

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