Article: First RA Patient to Scale Everest.
June 27, 2011 by stillslife
It seems Still’s Disease is so rare that articles about it are few and far between, but I hope you won’t mind the occasional RA one. I couldn’t help but post this story, which I found truly inspirational, especially on a day when I was feeling so low (even if it does turn into an advertisement for a certain drug).
In short, Jeffrey Gottfurcht, who suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis, has managed to climb to the the peak of Mount Everest; he is the first person with RA to do so – pretty amazing. Commenting on his reasons for undertaking such a task he says:
“In coping with rheumatoid arthritis, an incurable disease, I have been moved to reach out to others who are similarly affected, especially children, who have to put everything on hold, including their dreams. My goal of climbing Mount Everest was to inspire those with rheumatoid arthritis, whether adults or children, to reach higher and achieve their dreams.”
I think this is so eloquently put and so so true. One of the hardest things when dealing with illesses like Still’s Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis is the slowing down of life, putting everything on hold when a flare takes over and feeling left behind as everyone else gets on with their lives. When dealing with pain and fatigue on a daily basis, it seems impossible that we could ever achieve something like this but it is important to keep sight of our dreams, even if they’re a long time coming true; because otherwise, what is there to look forward to and aim for?
“Only as high as I reach can I grow,
only as far as I seek can I go,
only as deep as I look can I see,
only as much as I dream can I be.”
So hats off to Jeffrey for showing us that nothing is impossible.