- Posted September 29, 2013 by
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My life with Rheumatoid Arthritis
I think it's very important to let people know that their not along in whatever type of illness they may have, I hope my story encourages those with Rheumatoid Arthritis to never give up on their dreams and to keep moving forward with their dreams and goals
My name is Latrice Butts and I'm an Actress/Martial Artist last year "Rheumatoid Arthritis" kept me for filming on the set of the hit TV show Dallas because I was in so much pain I couldn't work a lot, I was only able to work on the season finale of season two of the show 2013. Season 3 of Dallas on TNT starts filming this week and I can't wait my arthritis will not keep me from filming on the first episode, I'm in control of my Arthritis now it doesn't control me. I plan on filming as an extra on the hit show Dallas all season long. The new season of Dallas will air on TNT around February 2014.
I've worked on the set of Friday Night Lights, I've done location casting for Kitchen Nightmares and even interviewed Actor Morgan Freeman at an AFI Film Festival.
My IMDB Page. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2599773/
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a serious autoimmune disease that attacks the joints causes pain in the feet, wrists, and hands It's characterized by swelling and inflammation of the muscles and joints and surrounding tissues. It can also affect other organs Rheumatoid Arthritis (commonly called RA)
I was first diagnosed with Child Rheumatism "Arthritis" when I was 9 years old I remembered this just like it was yesterday " Me and my older sister were raised by our grandparents but we were spending the weekend with our mother" you see I was running and playing with my sisters and brother one minute and the next minute I couldn't walk my legs started to hurt then I couldn't move them. I was so scared I just sit down on the couch and watched TV I had tears going down my face.
When my mother told us it was time for dinner everyone went to the dinner table except for me I couldn't move I remember my mother asking me if I wasn't hungry I told her my legs stopped working..she was like what do you mean I started crying I told her that I couldn't walk she immediately ran over to me to see what was wrong. I'll never forget it was in the summertime on a Sunday when this happened to me, my mother call a doctor that she knew he told her to bring me over to his house. I'll never forget he picked me up out of the car and sit me down on a stool and hit my knees with this little hammer tool...
At that time my leg wouldn't move so then the doctor gave me this little white pill and said it should start working in about 15 minutes..then the doctor got his tool out and started to hit my knee once again this time my leg moved then the other leg moved I remembered jumping off the stool and running...and thinking that this doctor was a miracle doctor. Well every time my legs would hurt then I couldn't walk I went back to the doctor he treated me for 6 months then my Arthritis went away just like it came. " I sure wish I knew what the name of that little white pill was every time I took it I could walk again"
After 30 something years go by the Arthritis came back with a vengeance I now have it in my hands, fingers, wrist, knees, arms, elbows, neck, shoulders, ankles I had symptoms first for about 5 months before the arthritis really hit. I have allergies really bad so at first it was really hard trying to find the right medication for my RA. I went to a Acupuncture doctor for my allergies and that really helped me how ever the acupuncture didn't help with my RA so I started treating my RA with herbal remedies and eating more healthy along with juicing then I went back to my Rheumatologist to try a new medication and I finally I think I'm on the right tract now..
Most people don't understand what Rheumatoid Arthritis is it affects your whole life I work a 8-5 just like everyone else so just opening a door, getting out of the car, really hurt even walking becomes hard at times. People use to think that arthritis was an "old person's disease" no anyone can get it at any age...
I'm doing much better since I've changed the way I eat and I'm on the right medication that could really put my RA back into remission for good. I asked my Rheumatologist could all those years of Martial Arts training that I had from sparring, to fighting, breaking boards and bricks brought my RA back he told me he doubt it... I'm not going to let RA stop me from acting I refuse to give into the pain...