139 | P a g e 69. LIN 2011: Living With the Disease - 2. Accepting limitations and changes in roles I have accepted and am now calmer about changes in my work and life roles. At times I have stretched the limits of what I can do, especially at work, so that I can keep my job. I have needed to adjust my expectations and standards. It can be hard to accept limitations and its effect on normal reciprocal relationships. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS 70. LIN 2011: Living With the Disease - 3. Accepting the disease as a part of life I am not worried but accept the ups and downs of the disease, the pain, and the treatment as part of my daily life. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS 71. LIN 2011: Living With the Disease - 4. Redefining normal life I have to redefine what is normal and not be unrealistic about expectations and standards. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS 72. LIN 2011: Reclaiming Control - 1. Being flexible I need to be flexible, creative and develop new skills to compensate for my disability. Being independent means being able to do things on my own without help. I have the courage to face pain and loss. I recognise my limits but do not exaggerate them. I will continue to persevere with the things that I can do. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
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