She had been dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis for over 15 years. She had many of the complications known to affect RA patients. There are so many of them that most people don’t know or realize!
In addition to the joint degeneration, pain and swelling, there is cardiac involvement (pericarditis, congestive heart failure), lung involvement (interstitial lung disease, which leads to pulmonary fibrosis), higher prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and cardiovascular disease which involves a large spectrum of lesions, from rheumatoid vasculitis to atherosclerotic lesions.
My sister-in-law had developed many of the extra articular complications. Her heart, lungs and veins were involved. She was very brave. She went to the hospital for vascular surgery, and did not survive. No fault of the doctors. No fault to anyone. Her body was eaten up by this VILE disease, and Heaven was the only place she could find healing.
Lord have Mercy! Memory Eternal!