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A Letter

Dear Rheumatoid Arthritis,

You came, like a thief in the night, to steal my life away from me.  You think you have robbed me of my joy, and my ability to do some of the most basic tasks.  Like run with my children.  Or take long walks with my husband.  Or at times, brush my own hair.

You are an insidious disease whose only purpose is to ravage and rend useless.  

But I have news for you, Rheumatoid Arthritis.

You have just crossed the wrong girl.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  ~~John 10:10

17 Responses to A Letter

  • You go girl! I’ll hold it down if you want to kick the poo out of it!! When a fan at the SEC football game we attended on Saturday (he was for the opposite and unfortunately, winning team) jokingly said he was going to take his hat off and beat me with it, I looked him square in the eye and said, “I can take you.” My husband turned around and told him, “She’s a lot meaner than she looks.” I’ve got your back, Dee Dee.

    I prayed for you this morning as I filled out my paperwork for my trip to Mayo next week. God bless!

  • RA–You don’t stand a chance. DeeDee is so mean she has a cuss jar.

  • I expect having RA requires a lot of determination, and it sure seems like you have that! I admire your spunky attitude. Also needs lots of patience, I think.

    Hey, I read your twitter, even though I am not on twitter. Happy anniversary!

  • Amen and amen!

  • WOO HOO!
    Yeah, and I got your back too!!!!!
    PPPPSSSLLTTTTTHH to you RA ….He who resides in her is WAAAAAY STRONGER than you!!!!!

  • You go girl! I like your ‘tude.

  • Sing it with me…go Deedee go Deedee go Deedee goooo!

    It doesn’t stand a chance with all the prayer warriors behind you

  • I tell you what, you all are a sweet healing ointment to my heart. I’ve had a few setbacks, which I’ll go into more detail about later this week. But I’m more determined than ever to beat this. Thank you all, as always, for your prayers and encouragement!!!!

  • All RIGHT, DeeDee! You GO, girl. satan will NOT win this battle. We are lifting your arms in prayer. God bless.

  • Well, there’s that, and then there’s this:

    “A thorn was given me in the flesh…Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

    My own past 26 or so years living with psoriatic arthritis have been more like Paul’s journey. But either way, God is in control, and He is worthy of our trust.

  • This is why I read this blog: a huge dose of humor to help me not take things so seriously and an occasionally pop of spiritual encouragement. Thanks, Ladies, I needed this dose this morning.

    And, DeeDee? I just read your post from a few days ago that listed your favorite GF/CF things and your request for ideas. I’m compiling my list in my head. I may or may not get around to actually typing it for you and your readers, but if I do, I’ll put it under that post. I think I did post my two favorite cookbook titles on one of your posts recently? If you can’t find it and want the names, let me know.

  • Continuing to pray.

  • Amen to that, sister! Praying as you continue on in this journey! : )

  • Philippians 4:13—“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
    You know what, Deedee? God is going to use this suffering in your life for His glory. As difficult as this is, good will come from it. When my first husband died at 34, from an incurable heart condition….I remember people saying, “It is so unfair. Why him? He was so young. Why did he have to get this heart disease?” It was difficult. There were days when I struggled with the “why me’s”. These verses comforted me. Deedee please read 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, in light of your diagnosis of R.A. Paul understood troubles.
    God is good all the time. Through all our trials, through all our sufferings….
    I continue to lift you in prayer. You already touch so many lives with your honesty and humor….I thank God for you:)

  • I love your attitude!!! I will continue to pray for you and for a cure for RA. God still works mighty miracles everyday!!!

  • Dear DeeDee,
    I haven’t been reading any blogs for a long while,(Facebook stole my heart) and when I read about your anniversary trip and read that you were in a wheelchair, I had no clue what was up. So I continued reading to find out.
    I am so sorry you are dealing with this horrible disease. That just sucks.
    I love the Lord with all my heart, but I still wonder…what is He thinking??
    Hope I didn’t just commit a blasphemy or sacrilage on your blog.
    Thanks for blogging. You really rock.