My name is Christine Nicole and while I live in paradise, I struggle everyday with chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis. Diagnosed over two years ago I have been through what seems like a never-ending string of treatments and medications that have affected me physically as well as mentally.

My disease pulled me out of work about a year ago making the management of my illness my sole job. Each week is filled with doctors visits, medications, infusions, blood tests, and never waning pain.

When I have down time I like to write about my journey, my fears, and my dreams. I visit friends and family, cook, take pictures of my paradise, play with my cats, and spend time with my mom, my main supporter.

I read in a magazine that even though this disease is crippling and debilitating it’s important to try and get as much exercise as your body will allow. Six thousand steps is encouraged for those with a disease as aggressive as mine. So that’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to live with this disease, and I’m going to fight it.  If six thousand steps is a start, then I’ll find out how many it takes to finish.


You can visit my fundraising website at http://www.gofundme.com/sixthousandsteps

  1. Yes! Gentle exercises with range of motion is extremely important in RA! It creates blood flow, keeping all that nasty inflammation-causing yuck from building up in your joints. Thank you, Christine Nicole, for sharing your life. I have much to learn from you.


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