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Rheumatoid Arthritis doesn't have to control your life

By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic illness that effects joints and the nervous system. An estimated 1.7 million people are living with the disease.

B. J. Davis is living with RA and refuses to let the disease change his tune.   B. J. Davis is a singer-song writer who travels across America performing.

After being diagnosed with RA, he went from a cane, to a walker and now a wheel chair. He's determined not to let RA defeat him.

With clapping, foot stomping, and dancing, you can tell this crowd is enjoying this concert. "When I do a concert for the general public, you know that you're giving, but you're getting it back to. When you make that connection it's just magical," said B. J. Davis.  

Within two years of having Rheumatoid Arthritis, it's left Davis a little different. "It was kind of like out of nowhere. I lost weight, I felt kind of yucky. I took the test and got diagnosed and then it started to affect my joints," he said.  

The joints in his knees are so tight, they are locked in position. "It started out with just some pain then a cane, walker and then a wheel chair, " said Davis.  

Davis has decided to keep going no matter what. "Everybody has limitations whatever they may be. You can give in to those limitations or you can make the best of it," he said.

"It's the most gratifying thing in the world ,to know that you've touched them in a way other people can't," said B. J. Davis.  Even though these folks are being touched by his music, it's another performance that sticks out.

"She said the lady's room you just left had given up. If you can kick what's going on with you, she can kick what's going on with her," said Davis.  His motto is no matter what happens in life don't give up.

"We all can be winy babies sometimes including me, but there is always someone else doing a lot worse," said B. J. Davis. We could all learn a lot from B. J. Davis.

His latest CD is called "Crooked Joints and Twisted minds." Davis mixes comedy and music that touches your heart.

During the concert he raises money or goods for different charities. For more information on B. J. Davis visit http://www.bjdavis.org/.

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