It has been a bad several weeks for celebrities. Too many passing these days.
Eagles alumnae Glenn Frey died today of complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis. He was way too young at 67 years old. People were shocked by the fact that RA could have caused his death. He died of Pneumonia and ulcerative colitis which were complications of his Rheumatoid Arthritis and the treatment for the disease.
It is always shocking when someone dies so young. RA is a complicated and destructive disease. If the disease doesn’t get you the treatments might. Many have succumbed to issues from the treatment that may range from lymphoma to organ failure. An RA patient is vulnerable to colds, infections and bacteria because the method of treatment is to suppress the immune system so it doesn’t attack the body. I read many comments regarding his treatment saying ‘if the medicines could have killed him why would he take them?’. The answer is a sad one. It’s the difference between not being able to walk. The fact that your costal joints might be inflamed making it hard to breath or the mere fact of being in excruciating pain all of the time.
He didn’t look sick but he was very ill. There are many illnesses out there where a person looks fine but that is what they want you to see. Inside the world is ending one day at a time and all that person wants is to be pain-free.
Glenn’s music will live on forever bringing him to people’s minds. Rest easy RA Warrior!