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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

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

Will Venus Williams’ Sjögren’s Syndrome Help RA?

We had an interesting conversation on Facebook yesterday about the Venus Williams' Sjögren’s syndrome diagnosis (actually 5 of them by day’s end). Some were wondering whether the diagnosis of another famous person with an autoimmune (AI) disease will help bring awareness for RA. Probably not. Why not? Celebrities have been diagnosed with RA (and PsA) and...Continue reading      29 Comments » Read more

The Tug of War of RA Awareness: Privacy of Pain & Agony of Disclosure

This week’s post on Rosalind Russell raised some important questions. A comment by Ronda was highly critical of Russell for the way that she hid from the public the severity of her suffering due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. How can we raise awareness if we hide how bad it is? It’s a good question. Rosalind Russell was...Continue reading      60 Comments » Read more

Rosalind Russell: Rheumatoid Arthritis’ Most Glamorous Celebrity

Rosalind Russell (Roz) may have been the most glamorous and famous woman to have Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, she shared three qualities with many others living with RA: She was determined, hopeful, and private. One of the most illustrious celebrities to live with Rheumatoid Arthritis was Rosalind Russell. Rosalind Russell (1907-1976) had an exceptional life, performing on Broadway...Continue reading      22 Comments » Read more
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