Posts Tagged ‘Encouragement for living with RA’

  • Five Keys to a Thankful Heart

    There are always obstacles to thankfulness, and living with a painful chronic disease is certainly an obvious one. This week confronted once again things I’m no longer able to do for a holiday, I reflected on the subject of thankfulness and things much more important than color-coordinated napkins and a lovely front door wreath. Tomorrow […]

  • Wearing Caped Superman Socks! Accepting Limits & Still Trying Hard

    Superman socks and the to-do list Am I the only one who tries her heart out and falls far short day to day? Something tells me no. There’s a lot of pressure to get things done right now. And more things to do than time or strength to do them. Every morning I wonder which […]

  • Use Your Words to Speak Life

    Happy Birthday Katie Beth! This week I was AWOL from the blog again – it was KB’s big 21. You already knew that (and some other big news) if you read the RAW newsletter The Spear – click here to sign up if you didn’t get one. And make sure to check your spam if […]

  • Pace Yourself: Guilt-free Pay-to-Play

    It’s Roo’s birthday! Already! My goals include making a simple M&M cake with no complicated writing although I used to spend hours with a frosting bag even for Valentine’s cookies. Roo’s doing great with school subjects and Cub Scouts and playmates. He’s funny and smart, with a mind of his own. Other parents may know […]

  • Relax: Survival Mode and Our Intrinsic Value

    The past few weeks have been full of chaos and minor crises. Not enough to stress me out, but enough to keep my days overfull with no strength left at the end to write – only sleep. I read last month of a study of mothers of more than three children1, that they are less […]

  • Don’t Give Up

    If it weren’t so debilitating, I’d be ok Maybe it’s the pain, but today I felt weary. Sara’s words resonated: “My doctor shrugged it off after the blood test. If the pain in my hands wasn’t so debilitating then I would be ok, but I’m still kind of worried.” The left side of my cervical […]

  • An Event Especially for Gathering Encouragement

    You’re not alone If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, “You’re not alone” with this disease. So many of us share experiences. And yet, we hear frequently about the loneliness that Rheumatoid disease creates. Community is a tremendous remedy and it’s what brings many warriors here time after time. Hearing “you’re […]

  • How Do You Keep the Disease from Taking Over?

    Last month, I wrote about the Pursuit of Happyness, with Rheumatoid disease – I love how Chris Gardner (Will Smith) sincerely perseveres through increasing adversities until he reaches the part of his life called “happiness.” How do you pursue your life and your goals when Rheumatoid disease just doesn’t play fair? It can be relentless. […]

  • Happy Thanksgiving! Not Margaritaville, But Still Sunny

    I’m thankful for you! I’m always grateful for this community and the difference you’ve made in the lives of so many people searching for support or who just need to know they’re not alone. Many of us have met in person, exchanged hugs and tears, and felt the bond that comes with living with Rheumatoid […]

  • You’re Cordially Invited to Make SWEET MEMORIES with Other Warriors & Friends! [video]

    Our friends at Arthritis Introspective (AI) do so much practical work to help people living with diseases like RA (and adult JRA) to connect for in-person support. Many of the groups listed on our own Local Rheumatoid Arthritis Support page are affiliated with AI, who assists local support groups in various ways. It has been […]

  • The Consequences of Not Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    Sometimes people ask me whether taking treatment for RA matters. Over the last couple of years, I’ve answered dozens of emails with this question, posted on Facebook last week: “What are the consequences of not treating RA?” Why patients wonder about not treating Rheumatoid Arthritis Since I live with RA myself, I know the validity […]

  • Video Blog: Two Essentials with a Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis

    What do you say to someone diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis? If I could meet to every person diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I’d encourage them to Expect the best from treatments; Read all of their medical records; Keep up on research. I’d also wish for them that they find doctors who listen well! What else is […]