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Having rheumatoid arthritis is a challenge at any age, but adults in their late teens or early 20s face particular trials that older adults may not. Adapting to a chronic disease while leaving home, attending college, developing relationships, and starting a family and career can feel both daunting and unfair.
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"You don't look sick!" "How could you be tired? You haven't done anything!" "What's wrong with your hands?" Nothing undercuts the fun of socializing like insensitive comments from people who are unfamiliar with arthritis or who try to make you feel bad for having it. Your arthritis doesn't define you. Here are some tips for dealing with stigma when you encounter it.
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Get an early taste of summer with this fresh blueberry pie. A recipe that requires no baking, you don't have to work for hours preparing the crust. Just let people think you did!
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