[Text on Screen] Meet Cindy
Keep up with me. See if you can. My name is Cindy. When I got diagnosed, it was the end of my world, I thought. Thankfully, I come from a competitive background, and I treat my rheumatoid arthritis that way. You’re going to have good days and bad days. Living with RA, it’s all going to be in your attitude.
[Text on Screen] What’s been the worst part of having RA?
Somebody asked me one time what was the scariest thing about having rheumatoid arthritis. It’s the unpredictability of it because you don’t know what tomorrow holds. I remember having my makeup actually tattooed on because I couldn’t even use my fingers to put it on.
[Text on Screen] What was it like to be diagnosed?
It was a relief, because I felt like finally I could wrap my arms around something and, like, fight it. It was definable, and I think people need that. Not knowing what I had for 7 years, I felt completely lost. At that point when I had that diagnosis, I knew I had a direction finally. Did I like the direction? Maybe not at first I didn’t like it. I was scared.
[Text on Screen] Tell us about your decision to start HUMIRA.
Being health oriented, I wanted to do it naturally, and I couldn’t do it naturally. I almost felt defeated, I guess, that I wasn’t able to do it on my own. But then after 4 weeks, it wasn’t even 4 weeks, and I started feeling better, and I was like what was I thinking not listening about getting on HUMIRA?
[Text on Screen] How do you feel about an injectable medicine?
I have learned that as long as I let it sit out and get room temperature, and I don’t rush it, about 30 to 45 minutes, it’s a lot easier. I actually do it in my stomach. The pens, when you hear that click you know that that medicine is about to go in, but it’s over like that. Ya know, it is. And the way that I look at it is I’m helping make myself better for tomorrow.
[Text on Screen] What advice would you give to others with RA?
Live your life, and, and you know what, learn how to manage it. Do everything possible in your book. Like that’s the way that I feel. I kinda handle it like a sport. I really do, I mean, like, I know that if I do my nutrition right, I know if exercise right, I take my HUMIRA, if I go to my doctor’s appointments, I’ve done everything possible in my book, so I don’t have any regrets.
[Text on Screen] Has HUMIRA helped with your joint pain?
Within 4 weeks, I was noticing a huge difference. It was awesome. I can definitely tell you on HUMIRA, my days are much better than they used to be.
[Text on Screen] How has RA changed you?
Larissa and I always take the stairs for exercise. I am so grateful every time that I’m able to actually put my toothpaste on my toothbrush. Like I think about that every single time I brush my teeth. And, and I just think that we take for granted, again, this kinda goes back to I think RA makes me better person, because I really appreciate the small things in life.
[Text on Screen] What else keeps you busy these days?
I’m so fortunate because my health is good now, so I’m able to give back to the community. And if I wasn’t so good, ya know, I wouldn’t be able to handle the boxes and do so many things with my hands. Because I am feeling great, I’m able to be here and help so many people. I mean, we were able to do 1800 meals, which is fantastic.
[Text on Screen] Safety Considerations
[Voice Over and Text on Screen] HUMIRA can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. Serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened, as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure. Before treatment, get tested for TB. Tell your doctor if you’ve been to areas where certain fungal infections are common, and if you’ve had TB, hepatitis B, are prone to infections, or have flu-like symptoms or sores. Don’t start HUMIRA if you have an infection.