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I am Kathryn and I am a special education teacher in the Philippines. I teach deaf children. Teaching deaf children requires not just a voice but also your entire body. There are lots of gestures required, sign language and even facial expression. In addition, I teach my students to dance. Dancing is one of my skills and passion.

One day in 2015 I woke up with an extreme pain in my knee. It was as if it was being pulled away by a truck and I also had very red soles that caused me great pain during walking. I couldn’t even stand. My hands were swollen and I could not communicate with sign language, because it was just too painful. I went to 4 RA specialist but to no avail. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had to force myself to walk and I even cried in between walks because it was too painful.

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I have to work, I am a single mom and my son depends on me.

I can barely bring food on our table since I’m always absent cause of morning pain and stiffness. However, I still manage to work, I have no choice. Drinking medicines that are expensive and also stealing money from my budget is forcing me to work. I finally found a good RA specialist Dr. Penserga. She advised me to lower my dose because when I arrive to her clinic all my medications are in the maximum level. Her advice to me was to eat right and stay away from sugar or sweets.

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Although pain became manageable, the swelling is there. She told me not to stress myself, and decrease workload at home and in school. I find it impossible, but I tried. Then she also put me in biologics after 5 months, it was very expensive. I was able to get help in our charity section, every month I go and apply for my free medicines. I went from excruciating pain to manageable so I can manage to work well. One day, the pain was so light that when there was music I was able to dance. I was so happy because I could finally dance and people around me celebrated with me. Every step was so sweet and I was in tears.

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