No Time To Wait
Modern treatments have helped Traci successfully manage her rheumatoid arthritis in ways that didn’t exist during her grandmother’s lifetime. Like many other RA patients diagnosed in recent decades, Traci most likely will elude the debilitating deformities that caused her grandmother to need the help of a wheelchair.
Although Traci’s condition is under control, her RA is progressing and she experiences pain in parts of her body that were previously free of symptoms. Setting a world record, circumnavigating the Great Lakes, paddling 32.5 miles a day for 10 months straight, these all are feats that Traci feels are within her ability level at this point in her life. Her RA is a major motivation that compels her to pursue these goals now, despite her young sons and her daughter. If she puts off her dream as the RA progresses, she might not be able to accomplish what she believes she can today.