Lessons in 8 Quotes from Doctor Strange

Quotes from Doctor Strange, fitting for RD Recently I took my son Roo to see the 2016 Walt Disney movie Doctor Strange. Based on the Marvel Comics superhero, Doctor Stephen Strange is an uber-arrogant neurosurgeon who is psychologically crushed by losing the use of his hands in a horrific car accident. His journey to physical and...Continue reading      4 Comments » Read more

Invisible Illness and the Public: She Hit Me with Her Cane

Tomorrow I’m traveling to San Diego for the ACR annual meeting. I’ll be taking a proverbial chill pill (and some real meds) and hoping all goes smoothly. For weeks we’ve done all we can to be ready! This story occurred a couple of months ago... Did anyone ever give you a dirty look for using handicapped...Continue reading      46 Comments » Read more

The Pursuit of Happyness When Part of Your Life Is Called Rheumatoid Arthritis

Waiting to start a new treatment, the past few weeks, I’ve had a crazy idea. If the treatment works, I might “forget” how it was. So maybe I should do something I’ve never done: take an inventory. A couple years ago, a patient commented that she does a brief inventory of her joints with her...Continue reading      24 Comments » Read more

Embracing the Future, Even with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Thanks to Rheumatoid Arthritis, not the future we expected None of us knows the future and it often surprises us more than we expect. Getting a diagnosis of “Rheumatoid Arthritis” usually comes with life changes we couldn’t anticipate. No one expects to feel old before it is time, having friends and relatives twice your age who...Continue reading      19 Comments » Read more

Surgery, Stories, and Feet amid Stubborn Rheumatoid Disease

One thing I wish every day is that everyone in the world could read the priceless emails from other warriors I receive every day. If everyone treating or researching this disease could read them, comprehension of the disease and care for it would improve. Family members could have greater understanding. Employers and friends could begin...Continue reading      33 Comments » Read more

Hey Superman! Does Accepting Limitations Make Us Weaker?

Katie Beth and I got in Monday night from a weekend with other warriors in Houston where I was able to speak about being an empowered patient. That immediately followed an e-Patient Boot Camp talk in Orlando with e-Patient Dave. Preparations and traveling drain so much time and energy that I haven’t been able to...Continue reading      17 Comments » Read more

Accomplishing Thankfulness via Thorough Commitment

The pieces to the puzzle of me are scattered across this blog. Elephants. Humor. Space exploration. Don Quixote. Determination. Eagles. Pollyanna. Pollyanna gets a bad rap It’s stunning to me how some things are construed as opposite of what they are. Somehow Pollyanna has become synonymous with sounding dismissive and detached. We all know people who dismiss...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

The Beginning of an RA Clinical Trial Journey

An RA clinical trial coordinator tests my talents I’ve always had some special talents. Like …making things look easy …making strangers smile ...keeping secrets. More superpowers? Sometimes, I can make everyone mad at once…with a clear conscience …and everyone’s best interest at heart. It’s not easy, but I manage. My most special skill? Just look at the genius...Continue reading      30 Comments » Read more

Perseverance in Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis

What keeps you fighting? I tried to quit... At one point, I thought I would be fired as a professional patient. No such luck. I’ve also tried to quit Rheumatoid Arthritis. Maybe you remember my Eject Button. I tried to quit another chronic illness once. Maybe you read my ostrich jokes. I haven’t had a lot of...Continue reading      23 Comments » Read more

Hope for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Our regularly scheduled program will be interrupted for a message from our sponsor.* Ghost stories and hopelessness There is an old North American tale of friends sitting by the campfire. Telling ghost stories at twilight made them jumpy. They became anxious as a faint humming sound grew closer and louder. Screams of horror about bites of a...Continue reading      33 Comments » Read more

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