Today in the rheumatology clinic I met someone who’s had rheumatoid arthritis for 27 years and has been on anti-TNF therapy for the last 11 years. In fact, he might have been one of the very first people in the UK to go on this treatment. He said the drug has transformed his life. On the one hand, it was reassuring to hear this as I’ve been told that I may have to go on anti-TNF therapy after Sulphasalazine. But on the other hand, it got me thinking. Where do I want to be in 27 years’ time? I really don’t want to still be dealing with this disease. My goal is (drug-induced) remission, and I’ve no idea how long it’s going to take but I’m impatient for it to hurry up. In the meantime, there’s no point putting my life on hold, as realistically remission might take a while. (I’m determined not to think about it in months or even years, but just focus on one day at a time). If only I had a crystal ball to see when (I refuse to say if) I will kick this disease into permanent remission.