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2. Do Your Research
The information gathering of step two allows you to gain a better understanding of the situation and what it means to you. There are different types of arthritis and they will influence people differently.
When seeking out information, work to find the most trusted and respected sources. Retrieving information from your sister’s cousin’s brother who has arthritis might not be the best option for you and your situation.
Even forums and social media can become overly negative and defeating. Early in your diagnosis your doctor will be the greatest source of information. Pay attention and take notes, since your memory is not as sharp during highly emotional periods.