Raynaud’s phenomenon has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I had no idea what it was, but all I knew was that it happened and it made me feel miserable.
It all started with cold hands and feet, and eventually my fingers, toes, and tip of my nose would go numb and turn deep blue. I could never shake the chill in my bones, along with the constant worry of when my next “episode” would come. No matter how I tried to warm up, my skin would remain pale with blotchy patches of blue and white.
Living with Raynaud’s has not been easy, but I’ve learned to find a way to cope. I stopped wearing open-toed shoes in the winter and I always carry a few hand and feet warmers with me. Instead of going out in the cold, I’ve started to stay inside and do activities that don’t require going out.
Although living with Raynaud’s has been a challenge, there is still light at the end of the tunnel. There are so many advancements being made in the field of medicine, which gives me a lot of hope. From new treatments to new medications, I am feeling more and more optimistic that soon, I may be able to live a normal life.
Learning about Raynaud’s has been my biggest help. It has taught me how to spot triggers and how to recognize the early warning signs. I’ve also found that understanding what I am going through has given me the confidence to speak up and look for the help I need.
Raynaud’s phenomenon has been a frustrating challenge for me, but I am determined to stay positive and live my life to the fullest. I am learning how to make the best of what I have and how to be strong despite my condition. Most of all, I will never give up on hope.