A Fairy Tale for Rheumatoid Arthritis Warriors

Goldilocks Fairy Tale for RA Warrior

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (and RA)

Once upon a time there was a lively young lady who loved to go for long walks. Goldilocks hiked over hills, up steep rocks, and across walking bridges. She was never afraid. Life was her friend.

One day, while out on a journey, Goldie hurt her ankle. Worried that she might not make it home, she stopped at a house to rest awhile. The name on the mailbox was R. Arthur Itis.

Goldie knocked, but no one answered her. She looked around the house, but could not find a friend. Goldie was a little unnerved because fatigue began to overwhelm her. She had never felt so weak. Maybe some healthy food would help her to feel like herself again.

The table was set for three: three chairs and three bowls. She put a piece of the salmon steak in the big bowl, but she could not eat it because she began to feel nauseous. She nibbled at the brightly colored vegetables in a medium-sized bowl, but that did not perk her up either. Finally, she tried the little bowl of gluten-free macaroni.

That gave Goldilocks just enough strength to make her way to the bedroom. The first bed she spotted was massive and well-built. It was a bed on steroids. She got a few moments of reprieve there. Soon, however, something aggravated her so that she was too uncomfortable to stay on that bed.

Goldie changed to another bed. The second bed had a headboard was engraved NO TNF. It was a designer bed. Goldie lay there for a while, but she was disappointed that the relief did not last.

Still looking for something to make her more comfortable, Goldie changed beds again. She moved to the last bed, a little tiny generic-looking bed. The sheets were woven of pure Peruvian NSAID. Finally, Goldie got a little peace.

All of a sudden, the unsuspecting bear family arrived home. They were not happy that Someone had helped herself to their supper! Eventually, they found the Someone asleep in one of their beds!

Growling, the three bears drove Goldie out of their abode. She was glad to go and she did not stop until she was safe at home. She hoped never to return to the house of Itis.

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Kelly Young

Kelly Young is an advocate providing ways for patients to be better informed and have a greater voice in their healthcare. She is the president of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. Kelly received national acknowledgement with the 2011 WebMD Health Hero award. Through her writing, speaking, and use of social media, she is building a more accurate awareness of Rheumatoid disease aka Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) geared toward the public and medical community; creating ways to empower patients to advocate for improved diagnosis and treatment; and bringing recognition and visibility to the Rheumatoid patient journey. In 2009, Kelly created Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior, a comprehensive website about RA of about 950 pages and writes periodically for other newsletters and websites. Kelly served on the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Advisory Board. There are over 42,000 connections of her highly interactive Facebook Fan page. She created the hashtag: #rheum. Kelly is the mother of five, a home-schooler, Bible teacher, NASA enthusiast, and NFL fan. You can also connect with Kelly by on Twitter or YouTube, or LinkedIn. She has lived over nine years with unrelenting Rheumatoid disease. See also http://www.rawarrior.com/kelly-young-press/

8 thoughts on “A Fairy Tale for Rheumatoid Arthritis Warriors

  • October 1, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Oh I just love this story…. so real and so true.. Excellent!!

  • October 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    LOVE IT! Made me smile

  • October 1, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Goldilocks should have just eaten from the low dose naltrexone bowl and she’d have lived happily ever after.

  • October 2, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Nicely done. Think many will agree with me you did a fine job incorporating RA issues within the well known fairy tale. How come I have a feeling this is not your last? More coming soon? ^^ Why not?

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  • October 2, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Very cute I loved it. Wish I Could leave the house of R. Arthur Itis also!!!!

  • July 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Enjoyed the story–Ahh sweet relief wisk me away!! Do I kiss the frog, or wait for Prince Charming while slumbering??? Needed some relief today-thanks!

  • November 16, 2015 at 11:44 am

    This week I was happy to tell a fellow patient in my infusion center about this wonderful website, it has helped me to understand that I am not alone even though I feel that way.


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