Today, I learned some very sad, heartbreaking news. We have lost one of our own: RA Superbitch, who wrote a bitingly bad-ass blog about battling RA, has passed away. It makes me feel cold. I remember emailing with her after she had first started her blog. We didn't email too much after that first start, but I appreciated her irreverent, tell-it-like-it-is attitude.
The details of her passing have not been shared thus far, other than to say it was peaceful, and that she was with her husband and young child. She wasn't even 40. As of her last post in April, it seemed like her RA was really ravaging her in a bad way. I can only hope that she is now in a place or a state where she is pain-free. Still, I can only imagine the devastation for her family. I hope they know how much her blog impacted the RA community. Her facebook page has begun collecting thoughtful remembrances.
As someone whose RA has been well-managed for the past several years, this is a sharp and confusing reminder about just how serious this disease can be. I just feel so sad, and shocked, and sad, and scared, and also guilty.
RIP RA Superbitch.