Anyone Else Lose Time Thanks to Rheumatoid Disease?

I lost another week. Anyone know where I put it? Seems like the left side of my cervical spine had an inflammation party this week. I ended up with some swelling that pinched the nerve going down the back of my arm and pushed a rib out near my shoulder blade. The orthopedic doc figures it...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

Mascara, Antibodies, and Soup: All I Know about a Disease

I always thought living off fresh smoothies and homemade soup along with regular exercise would keep me strong. And surely working hard and caring for others makes one too busy for chronic illness. All I know is that I woke up one morning and my toes were pointing out in odd directions because the joints were...Continue reading      39 Comments » Read more

Lessons from a Dumb Phone & a Disabled Computer

Last month I ordered a lightweight keyboard to use with an iPad. I planned to get one to downsize for travel, so I'd be more able to manage my briefcase alone when needed. I'm typing on that keyboard today from my sofa for another reason... Almost 2 weeks ago, I went through a Microsoft upgrade process...Continue reading      30 Comments » Read more

RA Reality Versus “The Lie”

When everything looks normal but it’s all wrong Countless times I’ve said that I would gladly be wrong about RA. I’d gladly be delusional instead of this sick. I often say “If only I actually were crazy. Then, I could take medication and at least believe I felt better.” Of course it’s a facetious remark, but...Continue reading      116 Comments » Read more

My Birthday Cards to Make You Smile

By the time I go to sleep it will be my birthday. It is a strange occasion. Just about five years ago, my whole life changed when occasional RA flares became a full-blown disease. Like many of you: not very many people in my life knew what Rheumatoid Arthritis is. Most of them still don’t. I’ve tried...Continue reading      28 Comments » Read more

Health Blogging: Complications and Blessings

Health blogging as a patient is tough The last month has been hard. Who am I kidding? The last five years have been brutal. The RA is always the same: Just a little worse than yesterday. Like so many of you, I look for ways to make lemonade out of this bitter pain. That’s why I started...Continue reading      37 Comments » Read more

Dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Housework

My house is dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis too My house has become a casualty of RA. Dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis has made it harder every year. The list to-do list gets longer as the list of what I can do gets shorter. I can’t wash dishes – they’re too heavy for my fingers. I can’t scrub the...Continue reading      60 Comments » Read more

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis on Christmas Eve

Everywhere I turn someone asks me, “Are you ready for Christmas?” I don’t even have the energy to laugh. Nothing is “finished” in the way that it once would have been. No, I’m not ready in those ways. On the other hand, I hope I am always ready in another way… Of course none of us will...Continue reading      14 Comments » Read more

6 Ways to Do Big Tasks with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Scheming to do big tasks with rheumatoid arthritis (UPDATED 2016) Remember the old movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”? Sometimes I think I am living in it! Everything in my world is too large for me now. Cups of coffee are too heavy to lift; dishes are too heavy to wash; pulling on a gas pump feels...Continue reading      27 Comments » Read more

The Shifting Sand of Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis  is constantly shifting sand The other day, I took my kids to the beach. Well, they kinda take me now, really. I just drive. It’s always good for a perspective boost. Look out at that horizon and realize that your problems are small – and that the world is a beautiful gift to...Continue reading      25 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis can make you patient

Hating Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis is this mean and evil disease. But you can't hate it because hate only tears up the hater. Hate never hurts the target, so I learned a long time ago that forgiveness is the healthiest way to live. However, forgiving RA doesn't make it go away... There is no cure for Rheumatoid...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

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