Patient Stories May Provide Real Help via Social Media

70 Patient stories on RA Warrior Today we add eight new stories to the RA onset story pages! Patients tell their own stories of how their Rheumatoid Arthritis developed and how they found a diagnosis. There are currently 70 Rheumatoid Arthritis patient stories on this site. There are 3 reasons I created these pages: I found other...Continue reading      7 Comments » Read more

Health Blogging: Complications and Blessings

Health blogging as a patient is tough The last month has been hard. Who am I kidding? The last five years have been brutal. The RA is always the same: Just a little worse than yesterday. Like so many of you, I look for ways to make lemonade out of this bitter pain. That’s why I started...Continue reading      37 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Joint Damage Preventable with Lifestyle Changes?

It’s difficult to know where to begin after a week of being offline and away from the computer. Writing projects are piled up; I’m still working at about 25 percent of my usual pace. I’ve decided my first couple of blogs will be in response to some faithful, lovely readers who’ve written to me personally...Continue reading      39 Comments » Read more

Joint Pain Relief: Some Fun Tactics & Dates to Save

There are some special events you won’t want to miss coming up on the blog! Meanwhile, it has been a blockbuster week here and I hope you’ll look back and check out any posts you might have missed. Lots of info from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) meeting and a couple of new video...Continue reading      1 Comment » Read more

WEGO Health Chronic Pain Webinar & Hoodie Contest Winner

What’s this WEGO Health webinar? I’ve been invited to a special event and I’d like to invite you to come along with me! Next Monday, November 22nd at 8pm EST, WEGO Health will hold a webinar (online seminar) called “Continuing Health Activism with Chronic Pain.” The webinar is organized and moderated by Amanda Dolan at WEGO...Continue reading      7 Comments » Read more

Video: Thoughts from American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 2010

Patient with a Press Pass! Wow! What an incredible week it was! After I post this greeting, I'll be packing up to get to the airport. I promise I'll tell you lots more as quickly as I can type it out. I don't know how I'll decide what to write about first! Right now, I'm still marveling at...Continue reading      36 Comments » Read more

RA Is Not “arthritis”: a PSA on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Not syrupy sweet, but a Public Service Announcement on Rheumatoid Arthritis This video was not created to encourage patients, so it’s not all warm and fuzzy. Rather, this video is a short public service announcement with a distinct purpose: To tell the public that Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease that is distinct from “arthritis” (what’s now...Continue reading      83 Comments » Read more

Traveling to a WEGO Health Panel for Health Activists

A month of firsts It has been a month of firsts for me. There were fun things like our first Rheumatoid Arthritis Meme and my first prescription reading glasses - how great it is to see again! There were less fun hard things like medial branch nerve blocks in my back and neck and my first...Continue reading      26 Comments » Read more

Twitter & a #rheum for the Rheumatoid Online Community

You are the best part! The best thing about this blog is the readers. I know – I if I didn’t write a blog, then there wouldn’t be one. But the readers help make this blog a community, especially through the comments pages. We also have a thriving RA Warrior Facebook community where people are making...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

Who Are e-Patients? A Simple Explanation

E-patient is a $10 word for a patient who is engaged and participating in treatment decisions. After all, these are our lives and our bodies or our children. To see a great discussion of a successful e-patient in action, please read about ePatient Dave on the e-patient tab on the menu. An example of why e-patients explore options...Continue reading      18 Comments » Read more

The Empowered Patient

Below is my journal response to Laugh, Sing, and Eat Like a Pig by Dave deBronkart. Jump to today's entry. I had never heard of an empowered patient or “participatory medicine” In the spring of last year, I began to blog as Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior. I knew there were other patient blogs. I’d seen a couple – literally....Continue reading      60 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Information Button

Searching for Rheumatoid Arthritis information Sometimes people ask what prompted me create this website. I love that question because it opens the door to share from my heart. The reason is that I could not find a comprehensive dependable source of Rheumatoid Arthritis information organized so that patients could access it. As a patient, I found it...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

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