[Text on Screen] Meet David
My name is David. I’m 36 years old. I have a beautiful wife, Kerry, and 2 children, Harrison and Nora. I’m a reactor operator at a nuclear plant. Many of the people that I work with every day don’t even know that I have rheumatoid arthritis.
[Text on Screen] Tell us about your initial symptoms.
When I was in the NAVY, when I was on a submarine, a lot of what I did was maintenance with my hands, cleanin’ motors, uh just doin’ electrical work. And a lot of it causes, it caused a lot of pain in my fingers. Then it started happening in my shoulders, where every time that I would wake up, my shoulders were really sore. It was stressful. It was a very stressful time in my life, so that was, that was how I was diagnosed.
[Text on Screen] What was your turning point?
It was after my son who’s 9 now, Harrison, was born. There was a time when he woke up in the middle of the night, and I went to pick him up out of his crib to give him milk, and I couldn’t pick him up. My hands were too weak, and my shoulders kind of gave out. And it was, it was then that I realized this is, this is too much.
[Text on Screen] Why did you decide to try HUMIRA?
After about a year of treatment with the non-biologics, just the pills and stuff, I did some research. Me and my doctor talked about it, and we decided to try a biologic. So I looked into ‘em. That’s when I started actually having my first successes with HUMIRA. Once the decision was made, it was a decision I was very happy with.
[Text on Screen] Do you have an injection routine?
I have my, uh, biologic shot once every 2 weeks. I have a routine that I go through that day. I accept that I’ve gotta do it, and once I get it out of the fridge, I have 15 minutes, and then I’m going to give myself HUMIRA. Knowin’ that the next 2 weeks are going to be enjoyable. Knowin’ that I can actually get out there and hang out with my kids, and I can swim, and I can do what I wanna do for the most part, then it makes it worth it.
[Text on Screen] What would you tell other RA patients?
There was definitely a year to a year and a half that I was in pain that maybe I wouldn’t have had to been. So I went through the pills and then the steppin’ up before I ended up getting on a, uh, biologic. And that’s when I actually started having successes and started being positive.
[Text on Screen] How are you feeling now?
I’m able to do a lot of things, so I do try to enjoy every day with my kids. For my daughter’s 6th birthday I built her a set of bunk beds. That’s what she wanted was a place for her doll to sleep. I’m still able to use a router and use a jigsaw and sand.
[Text on Screen] How has RA changed you?
I always felt like helping people, but I never really took the, took the bull by the horns and actually got out there and did as much until after I was diagnosed and kind of went down that route.
[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.