Perhaps one of the scariest things when you are first diagnosed with R.A. is starting on the meds. The fear creeps in about the time you get your first prescription. Or it happens before you get your prescription filled, and you read up on the kinds of medications you must take, and their side effects. … Read More Injecting for the First Time
For the sake of this article, I will assume the pronoun of she, since I am a “she” and I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. And this she was talking to her friend online the other day and revealing some things, some struggles, that she didn’t know/realize. This inspired me. So, I decided to give all of… Read More Five Secrets Your Friend with R.A. Would Like You to Know
As someone who suffers from chronic illness, I have come to depend greatly on my daily smoothie. I received my possible diagnosis from my general physician in March of 2015, and by September I was officially seeing a rheumatologist being diagnosed first with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Both before and after my diagnosis, to know what I… Read More Another NutriBullet Bites the Dust
I think if someone were going to develop a catch phrase for me, while I would prefer something zippier, it would probably be, “Will you open this for me?” Because, with RA, I say this all the time. Early on, I didn’t have a diagnosis yet. My brother was in the hospital’s ICU, and I… Read More Will You Open This For Me?
Right now, I can count myself blest. While Rheumatoid Arthritis has taken away my original livelihood, I am slowly sculpting new avenues for myself. I have avenues for writing to explore, and avenues for artwork, and avenues for antique sales. In all of this, I am single but living with amazing parents. Because they are… Read More Hashtag
March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, and according to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association, it’s a staggeringly large community. Amongst the most staggering facts: Today, approximately 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases constituting a major health crisis. There are over 100 different autoimmune diseases on record. Autoimmune disease cluster in families and… Read More Repost: What You Should Know About Autoimmune Diseases
A bit over a month ago, clicked on a link to a post by Hattie Gladwell titled “We really need to stop calling people living with chronic illness ‘brave.’ ” In it, Gladwell talks about herself and a group of like-minded others who feel offended that people are aware of her issues and want to treat… Read More Repost: Please Don’t Diminish My Bravery
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as other autoimmune diseases, and one of the most common complaints in my support group is about hair. Mostly women complain, but some men as well. As a culture, we’ve grown up valuing our hair particularly if we have long, beautiful hair. If it has become a striking characteristic… Read More Chronic Illness and Hair Warfare