New Rheumatoid Arthritis T-shirt Store

Rebuilding our rheumatoid disease / rheumatoid arthritis t-shirt store The doors are open – the new rawarrior.com t-shirt site is up with many new designs & products! The attitude is uniquely RA Warrior. It’s what I like to call “gentle advocacy” with positive designs that portray hope, gently confront ignorance, and increase awareness of RD / RA...Continue reading      6 Comments » Read more

Sonny’s Disappearing Digits: a Fairy Tale of Rheum Disability

A few weeks ago in the car, Roo and I were talking about how hard it is to explain and understand rheumatoid disease (RD) and rheum disability. Roo is alone among my five children in that he has no memory of the strong, healthy woman I was before full-blown RD onset when he was 6...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

3 Things That Control How Much #Rheum Can Steal from You

Ever feel like Rheumatoid Disease is eating away at your life? Stealing abilities – even responsibilities – you enjoyed? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck? Roo’s been asking this tongue twister / riddle lately: ”How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” He enjoys saying it faster and faster. Boy was...Continue reading      9 Comments » Read more

Reaching Beyond Limitations: Nike versus Yoda

“Not running sucks” & “Don’t just RUN your mouth” I stopped short when I saw this Nike t-shirt display in a mall recently. I had to get a picture of these t-shirts and ask the salesman, “Do you sell a lot of these? Do people like them?” He said they do. I just smiled and thanked...Continue reading      61 Comments » Read more

Not Actual Size – Rheumatoid Disease Is Not as Advertised

Sometimes my #rheum disease and my silly sense of humor get all twisted together into a goofball smoothie. Anyone who’s spent time with me can attest to my devotion to silliness. I’ve been daydreaming about how food ads remind me of RD. I hope you’ll enjoy a little humorous diversion. Laughter makes a great defense...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

Vicks Vaporub Cure for a Disease That’s In Your Head Anyway

I got something free with my Chinese food the other night when I went to pick up my egg rolls: advice. It was the end of a long, hard, day. I’d pushed myself hard to be moving at all with harsh stiffness and sharp pain in over a dozen joints. We’d been out that day because...Continue reading      49 Comments » Read more

What Would Rheumatoid Awareness Mean to You?

What difference do you think it would make if it Rheumatoid Disease were recognized for what it is by everyone – the general public, media and marketers, pharmaceutical companies, U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Rheumatology, all healthcare professionals, your neighbors and your family…?   Rheumatoid Awareness...Continue reading      63 Comments » Read more

Five Keys to a Thankful Heart

Stirring 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 what stirs a thankful heart and things much more important than color-coordinated napkins and a lovely...Continue reading      15 Comments » Read more

What a Wonderful World, and Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

Do these two song titles seem to conflict? The former was one of the first songs I ever put (and kept) on my phone. The latter I learned in second grade because my teacher thought every American must know Spirituals. (Hear Louis Armstrong sing below, and Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen on YouTube.) Guys, cover your ears....Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

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