Looking Back

VOICE-OVER (TOM): So if I could talk to myself back to when I first was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I think the main thing I would say is, don’t give up, and don’t assume that there’s nothing that can be done.

VOICE-OVER (CHARIS): I wish I hadn’t waited so long to go to the doctor. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to see a rheumatologist. And I...I also wish I had just spoken up more. That I had spoken for myself because I am my best advocate. And I wish I’d been more forthcoming with my rheumatologist from the very beginning.

VOICE-OVER (MONICA): Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor questions, don’t be afraid to question your treatment plan if it’s not working for you.

VOICE-OVER (TOM): You know nobody can promise you that any one particular treatment is going to work, but keep at it, keep trying until you find something that does.

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