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 what...Continue reading      41 Comments » Read more

Sensational Headlines on Rheumatoid Arthritis & Exercise, Round 6

I got an email recently from a rheumatology magazine with a sensational headline about “exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis.” The article linked to is a year old, but some of our doctors read these emails. And the public also gets confused by ridiculous headlines like “Nearly Half of RA Patients Are Sedentary. Here's Why.” So, we’ll...Continue reading      87 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Exercise, Part 3

Rheumatoid Arthritis exercise impasse Is there any mainstream medical website or magazine that does not preach exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis? I have not found one. What is the truth about Rheumatoid Arthritis, exercise, and health? Earlier posts on RA exercise have discussed plain RA facts of life, striving to present a realistic view of exercise and RA....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

Holidays with Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Be a Grinch

Holidays with Rheumatoid Arthritis can be bittersweet No, I’m not shopping today. If you’ve read the blog a little, you know why. I’m safe at home because Rheumatoid Arthritis has put an end to my Black Friday shopping. Holidays with Rheumatoid Arthritis are different than they were when my aunt gave me that sweet little sign in...Continue reading      31 Comments » Read more

What Is it Like to Have Rheumatoid Arthritis? Part 1: The Usage Principle

A dirty little secret of RA: The Usage Principle Certain aspects of Rheumatoid Arthritis are invisible. It’s hard to track with an invisible illness. But lucky for y'all, I know what living with RA is and I’m willing to tell the secrets. So, if you don’t have RA , prepare to have your eyes opened. And if...Continue reading      127 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

Professional Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient, part 2: Fired!

Here is another chapter in my life as a professional patient. The other day I set out on one of my regular pilgrimage days. There are several of these days every month. This time our first medical appointment was the ophthalmologist. My son and I made it to the car by 8:30. It is hard to...Continue reading      9 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Help with Bags and Books

How Rheumatoid Arthritis Creates Makeovers and Bag Ladies A before RA and after RA story This is a before and after story about some ladies with bags. But it’s not Extreme Makeover. It’s before and after RA. Before RA, I never accepted help from the baggers at the grocery store. I didn’t need help. (Maybe my mom read...Continue reading      31 Comments » Read more

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