[Text on Screen] Meet Rebecca
My name is Rebecca. I’m 36 years old and I’ve been living with rheumatoid arthritis for five years.
[Text on Screen] Why are you talking to us?
The reason I want to share my story is I want to make a difference for somebody.
I want to give someone hope when they are hopeless. I want someone to know that there’s somebody out there that feels just the way that they feel and they’ve come around and made a difference.
[Text on Screen] Tell us about your initial symptoms.
When I first started having the symptoms I wanted to have a reason for why I felt the pain.
I was like, maybe I overdid playing with the kids the day before, maybe I hurt it playing somehow. With my foot pain, I explained it with I had dropped something on my foot. And I’m like, “No, remember when we were at the pumpkin patch I dropped that pumpkin on my foot?” That’s the reason I’m hurting.
[Text on Screen] What has been the hardest part of having RA?
When I was 31 and first diagnosed, I was a mom – and that’s exactly what I wanted to be in my life. But, I felt like I was being hindered because of all of my pain.
It was definitely hard for me to not be able to pick up my child. It was heartbreaking.
[Text on Screen] What was your turning point?
Every aspect of my life was painful.
Getting dressed was painful. Pushing the shampoo bottle to get shampoo to wash my hair was painful.
I remember specifically a day where it was so severe, I just laid across the bed and just cried.
And my husband is the one that finally called my doctor and said we’re bringing her in. There’s something going on.
[Text on Screen] What kind of treatments were you on?
DMARDs did not get me to the point where my rheumatologist wanted to be when it came to treating my rheumatoid arthritis.
They helped some with the pain but the pain was there, and so I was not to the point where he wanted me to be.
He said our next plan of action would be to start HUMIRA.
[Text on Screen] How do you feel about an injectable medicine?
I’m not a nurse, I’m not a doctor, I’m just a woman that is now going to have to start giving herself a shot. So, it was scary, but I was trained, I had to go in and have training with my rheumatologist nurse to show that I could do it.
It’s just — it’s just a fact of life.
[Text on Screen] Does HUMIRA help with your co-pay?
HUMIRA helps with the co-pay. And for me that is helpful because we have family and so we have typical expenses. So to know that I have the support is really reaffirming and a little bit less stress off my shoulders.
[Text on Screen] HUMIRA offers the HUMIRA Complete Savings Card, which may reduce the cost of HUMIRA regardless of the patient’s financial or job status. Eligibility restrictions apply.
[Text on Screen] What are your mornings like?
When I woke up the first thing I thought about was rheumatoid arthritis. And now I wake up and I think about cooking breakfast for my boys, what time I need to wake up the boys for them to be ready for school, what all I need to do during the day to be ready for them to get their homework stuff done when they get home. I think about all of my duties that I need to do during the day.
[Text on Screen] What does it mean to be on the ballfield?
Seeing my kids out there playing ball is just one of the proudest moments for me because it’s a memory that I had as a child, and to be able to have that opportunity again to be such an active part of it, for it to be their childhood memory when they grow up, it’s priceless. It’s a memory I can never, ever replace.
[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.