I have never believed in coincidence. When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and began researching to get as much information as I could I stumbled upon an article about an amazing women with RA. She has competed in body building competitions, has her own construction business, and is a motivation to others with the disease. She has a heart of love and compassion and a drive to help and support others with the disease.

I followed her on Instagram and a comment I made on a picture turned into a series of messages and then a phone call to talk to each other about our stories.

Dani is a source of inspiration to me in the gym as I don’t want to give up my passion for lifting and have a dream of competing one day.

I can text her any time with questions and she’s always willing to listen and give me her input.

Yesterday I was awakened in the middle of the night with terrible pain in my wrists. I couldn’t go back to sleep. I was fighting back tears.

My mind raced all morning thinking of what I could have done to cause this – why are they hurting now when my pain has been so much less? Is it because of something I did the other night while lifting? Am I going to have to give up lifting and sacrifice what I love doing?

And then I got a text. Out of the blue from Dani.

“Hey girl…. I wanted to share with you the type of training gloves I use. They are called Bionic. They have joint supports on the interior fingers. They make a huge difference for me. They are full finger which most girls don’t like, but for RA patients, they are best for our hands.”

Coincidence? I don’t think so.

As I’m dealing with my “new normal” God has put some amazing people in my life.

I believe that I’ve been prepared to walk this road by changing my eating habits years ago and developing a discipline that will be put to good use in the near future. I believe that my quest to lower my cholesterol naturally by eating differently and lifting weights and being fit has primed me for this new challenge.

And I believe that when I’m questioning what I’m doing and fear and doubt set in that my angel comes through…with a simple text about gloves. In the exact moment I needed it most.

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