Every single person in our family wants to see my aunt, Roshan live her life happily. After years, I am finally seeing her smile, laugh and enjoy life like I’ve seen her do before. And kills me to see her own body limiting her now that everything else is in place.
To tell you a little more about the disease - Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system – which normally protects its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks the joints. This creates inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints (the synovium) to thicken, resulting in swelling and pain in and around the joints. The synovium makes a fluid that lubricates joints and helps them move smoothly.
You can find many many articles on this online if you want to read more.
In my Aunt’s case, she started getting the symptoms over 20 years back. Starting with ad-hoc joint pains, being unable to walk for too long, not being able to climb stairs to now not being able to walk even a few feet comfortably. We've seen her live through all the pain and discomfort through the years and have always helped her with any kind of help we can provide to make things easier for her. Now, unfortunately, her knees and hip joints have been affected so badly that they need replacement. The doctor is keeping her on pain killers and other meds to make her moving easy at the moment. But in the long run, her joints will give away, and she will be unable to walk for the rest of her life.
We want to give her the joy to enjoy the best years of her life thoroughly. She is too young to give into the condition and stay in bed for the rest of her life. We want to give her the power to stand up on her own feet – see her eldest get married, celebrate a raise with her second, and watch her youngest graduate college.
She and her children live with my grandmother in India and the rest of us contribute in whichever way possible to help her. But this joint replacement requires much more, much too soon. And so we need your help.
It would be really really kind of you to donate any amount you can – no matter if it’s just a dollar. Any amount would be helpful. We would be eternally grateful to you!!
The sooner we reach our goal, the sooner we can give our Aunt her power back. The sooner she can recover and enjoy the little moments of life with her kids.
With Heartfelt Gratitude,