“I wear a ring splint, limp when I walk, and get very stiff from sitting,” she says.
Of course your personal mindset, wealth of information about your illness and ability to communicate are probably the biggest factors affecting your ability to develop and maintain a long term relationship.
It can also mean missing a lot of school, which can affect both a child’s academic performance and his social development, since school is often where friendships are established and social opportunities take place in this age group.
Self-esteem can suffer when a child frequently misses events or can only watch from the sidelines while others play.
Dating, having a relationship that is functional and having a healthy sex life are hard.
They are hard enough without the added stresses of contending with a chronic illness, such as rheumatoid arthritis.