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What Is it Like to Live with Rheumatoid Arthritis? Part 3: Communication Failure

I’ve failed. I’ve been writing about Rheumatoid Arthritis for a year and I have not been able to explain exactly what it is like to live with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Sometimes, I think that I need to say it louder or use bolder print or stronger adjectives. One problem is that I try to be nice....Continue reading      54 Comments » Read more

Chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis, Perspective, & the Church

Swell opportunities with chronic RA It was a weekend of dramatic contrasts. There was good, bad, and ugly. There was failure, success, and “I suppose one day we’ll see a reason for that!” However, thanks to Rheumatoid Arthritis, I’m accustomed to rolling with the punches and saying, “Whatever.” I try not to stop at “whatever.” I know...Continue reading      54 Comments » Read more

What Is it Like to Have Rheumatoid Arthritis? Part 2: Why Don’t They Tell You?

The Usage Principle makes living with Rheumatoid Arthritis hard In the Part 1: The Usage Principle, we discussed a phenomenon which is a daily issue for many people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Perhaps you noticed that blog post was unusual in that it did not have footnotes or links to studies which discussed the subject.  I...Continue reading      77 Comments » Read more

The Life of a Professional Patient, Blog #4; Continuing to Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

Obligatory warning: this post is about the author of this blog… The author This is the blog post that I didn’t want to write. For about half of those who read this today, this will be the first time you’ve visited the blog. To you: This is not a typical blog post. This blog is about fighting Rheumatoid...Continue reading      35 Comments » Read more

5 Ways We Can Spread Awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? “Will people ever understand that the autoimmune disease Rheumatoid Arthritis is not the same thing as Gramma’s arthritis?” I have read numerous remarks recently that sound like this. They say: “Impossible. It is impossible for people without RA to understand what RA actually is.” It can be discouraging. I understand the exasperation. However, building a...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Football Season

From my side of the field: the game with Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms Football fans measure time by season: the regular season, the pre-season, and the post season. We hate to acknowledge that there is a fourth season to every year: the off season. That’s the season without football. This fall is no typical football season. This year, my...Continue reading      15 Comments » Read more

Laughter as a Weapon Against Rheumatoid Arthritis

  A Fish Story for RA Warriors If you have read many Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior blog posts, you have already realized that laughter is a critical part of my arsenal to fight RA. Sometimes, some of my friends and I try to out-funny each other. It is a one-upping game. The loser is the one on the...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more
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