RA Public Service Announcement Video

Announcing a new RA public service announcement Please watch my second-ever RA public service announcement, below! My mom always said to “make it short and sweet”—well this is short and serious. But hopefully you’ll feel the passion of my heart: 1) For people to recognize rheumatoid disease is more than arthritis—it’s a serious disease. 2) For people to recognize early testing...Continue reading      Make a Comment » Read more

Testing the imaware™ RA Test Kit

Why I did an RA test kit—when I already know I have RA / RD In the video below, you’ll see me use the imaware™ RA test kit live. This video is my sincere, unrehearsed attempt to show how to use the test kit. I thought it would be easier for people if they felt intimidated about pricking their own...Continue reading      Make a Comment » Read more

Possible Rheumatoid Arthritis

Our family’s testing for possible rheumatoid arthritis This article is part 2 to RA Runs in Families. My daughters and my friend’s family members were being tested for possible rheumatoid arthritis. The imaware™ at-home RA test checks for three antibodies that occur with RA / RD and asks other questions related to RA diagnosis. When the RA test reports are ready,...Continue reading      3 Comments » Read more

RA Runs in Families

RA runs in families: Part 1 I’ve always heard RA runs in families I have always said that the people you meet when living with this disease—or because you do—are the greatest side effect. That’s one of the things I would not change even though I hate rheumatoid disease. Some of my best friends connected with me first through RAW...Continue reading      14 Comments » Read more

RA Surgery — 10 Questions Answered

This week I had my second RA surgery, after 13 years of living with severe, unrelenting rheumatoid disease that does not respond to medications other than steroids. I definitely asked my surgeon lots of questions. But, this second time, I knew even better what to expect by what I had learned last time. I hope these Q and A...Continue reading      15 Comments » Read more

Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Hazy

What does seronegative rheumatoid arthritis mean? Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a topic that brings a lot of confusion for the public, people living with rheumatoid disease, and sometimes even medical professionals. Put simply, seronegative is a term used to when there is an absence of an antibody that is usually found with a certain disease.1 The...Continue reading      14 Comments » Read more

Early RA Screening Matters

Real hope in early RA screening Every day my email box and social media streams are filled with “exciting” news of promising RA breakthroughs and so-called cures. But rarely is there news that I know will make a difference—either to investigators studying rheumatoid disease (RD) or to people living with RD (PRD). Today, with regard to early...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

Prevent RA Just Like Cancer

Could methotrexate prevent RA? Several studies presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago last fall are investigating how to prevent RA. One poster in particular, from the Netherlands’ group, presented startling results as they re-analyzed data from the PROMPT trial. They concluded that a one-year course of methotrexate could prevent RA or delay its development.1 I...Continue reading      7 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Expands

Years ago, texts with my daughter MK prompted me to dream of billboards for rheumatoid disease awareness. Wouldn't it be incredible to lay out the truth for people to see as they just drove by? I have a huge surprise for you if you have just a moment for rheumatoid disease awareness memory lane. It’s #RheumDay—a...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

RA Bone Mineral Density Predicts Mortality

RA bone mineral density may be another indicator of the mostly hidden disease activity of rheumatoid disease (RD). Investigators studying patients in Texas have made some landmark observations. RA bone mineral density may be associated with mortality A session at the most recent scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology explored how RA bone mineral density...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

10 Perfect Gifts for Chronic Illness with Gift Guide

Special gifts for chronic illness RA Warrior already has a popular gift guide: 21 Gifts for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis. But in the past couple of years, I’ve found and tried so many new things—several given to me by loved ones! So I’m choosing some of the best ones to recommend to you in this new...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

A Plateau in RA Treatment Progress?

A patient’s look at RA treatment progress In this provocative guest post, RA Warrior welcomes Dana Symons, who asks whether we’ve reached A Plateau in RA Treatment Progress. If you’re like me, you’ll wonder why other news outlets haven’t asked these questions. But first, Dana is the talent behind many RD awareness graphics provided by the...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more
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