RPF sees the importance and value of sharing our own unique stories with rheumatoid disease. We love highlighting personal profiles on our blog to show the real people who are the face of this disease. If you're interested in sharing part of your RD journey with us, please contact us.
First, tell us a little bit about yourself (name, where you live, interests, hobbies, etc.)
My name is Darnel McMillan. I was born in the Bronx, and am living in the Bronx but have lived in 4 of the 5 boroughs for about 10 years or more each. My passion is the study of religions and the Christian faith. My children are either college grads, in college or on their way to college this year (2018).
When were you diagnosed with RA/Rheumatoid Disease?
I believe, if memory serves me correct, 2014.
What was your first symptom?
Pain in my right ankle, right knee, right elbow, right wrist and both shoulders.
What is the biggest way rheumatoid disease has affected your life?
It kept me from financial gain and the lifestyle I enjoyed.
What has been your experience with treatments for rheumatoid disease??
As long as I take the medications, my pain and/or discomforts are minimized to a certain degree. As time goes by, I notice my abilities continue to diminish. Keep in mind that I have RA throughout my body, not just in a particular area or areas.
What do you want the public to know about rheumatoid disease?
RA is extremely painful, incurable and should be place in the same category as cancer and all other high profile diseases for funding. Let's find a cure.
How have you worked to overcome challenges presented by rheumatoid disease?
Exercise, if possible, and wake up each day believing they have found a cure.
What encouragement or advice would you give to someone who is newly diagnosed?
Take your medication as prescribed; ask your doctor questions; voice your concerns; and live each and every day as you would normally.
Thank you, Min. McMillan!