Living with Hope + Joy


"You have Rheumatoid Arthritis"

“You have Rheumatoid Arthritis” is not the phrase you expect to hear at the age of 24. I had no idea what that meant and Dr Google didn’t exist in those days.


However, walking in for my first specialist appointment did give me an idea of what was in store as I spied a 40ish year old lady with knarled legs that stuck straight out in front of her due to her knees being so deformed she couldn’t bend them.


For the next few years I went through some tough times from hardly being able to turn over in bed at night to being taken into hospital for 3 weeks at a time when moving was virtually impossible. I even had the equivalent of a Blue Disabled badge for parking when times were tough. I knew I would end up crippled and in a wheelchair but I would fight it all the way.


That was until the day I got saved 13 years later. That day when Hope and Joy came into my life knowing that actually God had this NOT me. That it’s not MY arthritis it’s THE arthritis… I don’t want it and never have. He dealt with it 2000 years ago on the cross. Now when the difficult times come I lean on Him. No one is going to steal my Joy for life. I have Hope in God who say He has dealt with it.


30+ years after I was diagnosed I still walk 2km every morning just to start my day. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5, not always easy but gets easier as time go by. I truly believe I’m not going to end up in that wheelchair.


Hilary Boyle