Why I Hate “Are You Ready for Christmas?”

Well, I don’t really hate it, but “Why I’m uncomfortable with the question ‘Are you ready for Christmas?’” is too long for a blog title. The Twelve Days of Christmas begin on Christmas. Sometimes people say Jewish families are lucky to celebrate Hanukkah over eight days. Isn’t that better than a month of rushing around terminating...Continue reading      13 Comments » Read more

Non-medical Ways to Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain – at Least a Little Bit

What makes you feel better? What things bring you some comfort? What are your favorite gadgets that make life easier? Good idea: Have your loved ones check back here for Christmas gift ideas! Newly diagnosed people ask about our favorite things that help us. Not whiskers on kittens! A thick rubber cover on the steering wheel! Let’s make...Continue reading      71 Comments » Read more

Update from Chicago!

It’s our last day in Chicago!  Katie Beth and I are going to be tourists for a half-day and then pack for an early flight. All day tomorrow we’ll be in transit. Here’s a quick update until I’m able to write more. The last couple of months have been spent in almost constant preparation for the...Continue reading      4 Comments » Read more

Behind the Scenes Video: Patient at a Social Media Conference

Telling it like it is. On camera. It’s uncomfortable. It's very hard to talk about harsh pain. Why does pain seem so embarrassing? I even gave birth in quiet agony a few times because of that. 3 aspects of RA that are difficult to discuss It’s hard to talk about pain, so most of us are pretty private...Continue reading      4 Comments » Read more

By the Way, I Have RA

I have written about the difficulty of disclosing about RA, especially at events like a Mayo Clinic Center Social Media conference. But we haven’t talked much about the other side: When we explain about RA, do people understand? Not so much. In a recent example, I went through three rounds of explanations about why I could...Continue reading      62 Comments » Read more

The Goal with RA Is Not Perfection: Don’t Give Up the Things You Love!

As I’ve said, I get wonderful notes every day. It’s definitely one of my favorite parts of this blog. Recently, I shared with you some comments that were especially encouraging for all of us. Today, I’d like to share an email. Carolyn wrote to share how she has adapted to be able to continue her...Continue reading      29 Comments » Read more

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis on Christmas Eve

Everywhere I turn someone asks me, “Are you ready for Christmas?” I don’t even have the energy to laugh. Nothing is “finished” in the way that it once would have been. No, I’m not ready in those ways. On the other hand, I hope I am always ready in another way… Of course none of us will...Continue reading      14 Comments » Read more

Losses of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Photos & Other Things

A Story of a Christmas Present and Birthdays Past A few years ago, I got a new digital camera for Christmas. It was too heavy for me to hold. Even with the neck strap, I couldn’t use it. Eventually, after more time on the RA medicine, I was able to hold the camera for short periods. So...Continue reading      6 Comments » Read more

The Birth of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior Blog

Today Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior celebrates its 6 month birthday. The work of RA Warrior has brought me more surprises and blessings than I can explain in a single blog post. The fatigue, hand pain, and weakness of RA have made writing a blog unique challenge. And yet those symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis in my own...Continue reading      15 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Disability Makes Things Difficult

Rheumatoid Arthritis makes certain things difficult. From what I can tell, the classic list is opening doorknobs, jars, or buttons.  I have found many more things to be difficult than that, so I thought I’d modernize the list a bit. Got any more ideas? Rheumatoid Arthritis disability makes things hard. No one thinks about...             Peeling a...Continue reading      134 Comments » Read more

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