Glenn Frey’s Cause of Death

Rheumatoid disease is not for the faint of heart. Just as 3 heartrending comments reminded me what a struggle it can be to keep fighting, RA Warriors began to grapple the shocking news of Glenn Frey’s cause of death. The Eagles’ website: “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications...Continue reading      39 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Mortality

Rheumatoid Arthritis mortality: 40% increased risk Investigators at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) recently found Rheumatoid arthritis mortality to be significantly increased. A 40 percent greater overall risk of death, especially death due to respiratory or cardiovascular causes, is discussed in BWH’s recent press release, Rheumatoid arthritis linked to increased risk of death, which describes...Continue reading      18 Comments » Read more

Rest in Peace, Danita

In the past year, three people I knew of passed away due to causes related to Rheumatoid disease. We’ve known for a long time that statistics on rheumatoid related deaths are under-reported because the disease is often not mentioned in death records. But statistics are not the point of this post. It is about one...Continue reading      28 Comments » Read more

What’s the Big Deal about Rheumatoid Disease?

Just how big of a deal is this disease? I suppose the fact that I’ve written several hundred pages about it is a clue to my opinion. Yet, most of those articles were written with intentional restraint, avoiding hyperbole, at times even understating my own symptoms in an attempt to be more judicious. Many view Rheumatoid...Continue reading      37 Comments » Read more

Recognizing the Anguish of Depression in Time for Help

Negative spaces are only part of the picture I was stirring early in the morning when everything was still gray. Something I saw looked like a fish for a moment. There’s no pet fish here, especially in my room. “Negative spaces,” I heard myself whisper. That’s what is in between the shapes of what is really there....Continue reading      13 Comments » Read more

Author Inspired by Cause of Death Rheumatoid Arthritis

Shocked to read Cause of Death Rheumatoid Arthritis (UPDATED) I’m so lucky to live about an hour from Disney World. No, I don’t go park hopping! But, we can go meet people who come to Orlando for business or pleasure. Recently, Katie Beth and I drove over to meet with Carla Jones, author of Death by Rheumatoid...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

Death by Rheumatoid Arthritis: Possible and Preventable

Death by Rheumatoid Arthritis book (UPDATED 2016) Daughter turns tragic death by Rheumatoid Arthritis to mission of hope Carla’s book caught my attention several years ago and we quickly became friends. Carla has done a remarkable thing by using her personal tragedy to benefit others. I hope you enjoy this review of her book and purchase a copy of...Continue reading      50 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis News Articles, Volume 2

3 hot Rheumatoid Arthritis news articles 1) Woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis dies after seafood The Galveston Daily News reported last week a Port Bolivar, Texas woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis died of an infection of flesh-eating bacteria. The bacteria, which are common in warm salt water worldwide, can cause necrotizing fasciitis. Ginger Ling, 57, had cleaned and cooked...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Statistics

Some interesting numbers came across my screen in the last couple of days. I started wondering what they would look like along side of one another. Some Rheumatoid Arthritis statistics are better than others Recent Rheumatoid Arthritis statistics now estimate that a larger number of people have RA than expected: about 1.5 million in the US. Yesterday was...Continue reading      14 Comments » Read more

Problems with Preventive Care and Rheumatoid Arthritis Mortality

If you read yesterday’s blog, “The Mortality Dragon: Do Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Have to Die Early?” then you know I was glad to find a researcher discussing preventive care for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients, especially in the context of cardiovascular disease. If you read the article “Why do people with rheumatoid arthritis still die prematurely?” you...Continue reading      23 Comments » Read more

The Mortality Dragon: Do Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Have to Die Early?

Reasons for the high mortality rate with Rheumatoid Arthritis This is not a morbid post. If we’re going to fight a dragon, we need to know about the dragon. Why do Rheumatoid Arthritis patients have such a high mortality rate? Some of you have probably heard me speculate about mortality and RA in response to questions....Continue reading      15 Comments » Read more

Is This the Best Time to have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Part 3: Response to RA Mortality Gap

How should we respond to the RA mortality gap? Responding to the mortality gap seriously Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory disease. The progressive toll it takes upon vital organs is well documented. Science Daily: “Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with a high risk of early death.” Rheumatoid Arthritis requires the same serious response as breast cancer, diabetes, and...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more
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