Archive for 2012

  • A World Where No One Suffers from Rheumatoid Disease

    When you’re making any charitable donations, please remember the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF) is each of us helping all of us. The RPF Vision: A world where no one suffers from Rheumatoid disease. Finally we have an organization with the specific purpose of improving the lives of people with Rheumatoid disease. Much has been accomplished […]

  • Patients Confront USA Today: More Media Mess on Rheumatoid Disease

    We fight the battle against Rheumatoid disease on several fronts including scientific research, improving clinical care, supporting patients and caregivers in their search for information and support, and creating general public awareness that will contribute to all of the above. Our main weapon has always been the truth. The logo is a spear – made […]

  • Why I Hate “Are You Ready for Christmas?”

    Well, I don’t really hate it, but “Why I’m uncomfortable with the question ‘Are you ready for Christmas?’” is too long for a blog title. The Twelve Days of Christmas begin on Christmas. Sometimes people say Jewish families are lucky to celebrate Hanukkah over eight days. Isn’t that better than a month of rushing around […]

  • Twelve Days of Christmas with Rheumatoid Disease

    Twelve Days of Christmas & 12 annoying gifts from Rheumatoid disease I had to take pictures when I found this wrapping paper in a store to show my son Tiger who loves rap music. The words printed on the “Rapping Paper” are from Rapper’s Delight by Sugarhill Gang, the first hip-hop single to become a […]

  • Ideas for Relieving Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

    Note: I’m running more behind than usual due to family health issues and general struggles related to Rheumatoid disease. Please enjoy the blog carnival and list your favorite non-medical pain reliever in the comments box! As promised, this picture is my entry for the blog carnival! My mom recently sent me this laptop stand with […]

  • Ultrasound for Seeing Invisible Inflammation in Rheumatoid Patients

    I was a bit surprised at the tremendous response to my last post on trying to take the gloves off to talk about some typical things experienced with Rheumatoid disease. Several important conversations arose on the comments page. I always say the comments on this site are another whole blog. I’m blessed with such compassionate […]

  • If the Gloves Come Off, We Might See the Irony of Rheumatoid Disease

    What if the gloves never come off and no one ever knows. Then you end up with a serious disease that everyone thinks is no big deal; it’s just arthritis. But who wants to take them off? I sure don’t. Professional patient days Today was one of those professional patient days – when you have […]

  • 10 Answers to “When Do I Start a Biologic Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis?”

    Patients ask: How do I know it’s time to start a biologic? This question was recently posted on our Facebook page and it’s one most patients ask at some point. Initiating Biologic therapy is a decision that is obviously made together with your doctor. Here are some factors in this important decision.   One important […]

  • Non-medical Ways to Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain – at Least a Little Bit

    What makes you feel better? What things bring you some comfort? What are your favorite gadgets that make life easier? Good idea: Have your loved ones check back here for Christmas gift ideas! Newly diagnosed people ask about our favorite things that help us. Not whiskers on kittens! A thick rubber cover on the steering […]

  • Do Not Kiss Me

    Do not kiss me because I have a suppressed immune system… In “Kiss My…” a physician blog in Rheumatology News, Dr. Larry Greenbaum wrote, “I charged him level 5 for taking so much of my time, for bad-mouthing his previous doctors, and for incessant whining.” Noontime Monday I clicked into the Facebook (FB) feed for […]

  • Rheumatoid Disease Plays by Prison Rules

    Note: Please check your email box for my monthly newsletter that went out Thursday. If you aren’t signed up, you can get one by clicking here. It’s not the same as subscribing to these daily posts, which you can do by clicking here. This is really hard for me to explain. I’ve quit doing many […]

  • “You Look Fine” – a Wall of Confusion Surrounding Rheumatoid Disease

    If you’ve been diagnosed with “Rheumatoid Arthritis,” then we have a short poll for you of patient experiences with this disease! But first a few words about why this site exists for all of us. Overcoming the wall of misunderstanding around a disease When I first started blogging about Rheumatoid Disease, I wrote about The […]