I will never forget the moment after my diagnosis, still shocked and horrified that I was crippled with arthritis in my early 20's as I asked my doctor with tears in my eyes,
"Can anything could be done?.......Could I change my diet perhaps?........Was there something I could be doing differently in my lifestyle?"
He replied, "No, diet has nothing to do with what's causing this. No one knows exactly what causes it; but it's likely genetic, which we can't do anything about".
He said it with so much finality, and even sighed in slight exasperation, as if it were a silly question to be asking.
This made me burst into tears, full on sobbing in public at the realization of the finality, and hopelessness of my disease.
Or so I thought