Not Actual Size – Rheumatoid Disease Is Not as Advertised

Sometimes my #rheum disease and my silly sense of humor get all twisted together into a goofball smoothie. Anyone who’s spent time with me can attest to my devotion to silliness. I’ve been daydreaming about how food ads remind me of RD. I hope you’ll enjoy a little humorous diversion. Laughter makes a great defense...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

Swollen Knees Are Smoother: The Glad Game in Rheumatoid Disease

Swollen knees and a smile (UPDATED 2016) A silver lining to swollen knees I made a strange discovery a couple weeks ago in the bathtub. Not Roo’s plastic goldfish. Round knees. (Swollen knees). Shaving my legs (I hope the guys won’t mind this story too much…) I was amazed how easily the razor glided around my knees. Inspecting...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

Twelve Days of Christmas with Rheumatoid Disease

Twelve Days of Christmas & 12 annoying gifts from Rheumatoid disease I had to take pictures when I found this wrapping paper in a store to show my son Tiger who loves rap music. The words printed on the “Rapping Paper” are from Rapper’s Delight by Sugarhill Gang, the first hip-hop single to become a Top...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

Painless Meme for Rheum Mates

Often, I begin a presentation explaining “being an RA patient doesn’t define me.” Then, I share some things that do. Like being a mother of five amazing young people.  Growing up near D.C. and still loving all things Washington, especially the Redskins. Rainbows, rockets, and running on the beach. Bee Gees. Tobymac. Chicago. Margaret Becker. I...Continue reading      63 Comments » Read more

7 Atypical Rheumatoid Arthritis Effects Are Actually Typical

What can we say about atypical Rheumatoid Arthritis? (UPDATED) Our similarities & differences with Rheumatoid Arthritis are fascinating! I sure wished I had a dollar for every time a patient told me his / her doctor said he / she has atypical Rheumatoid Arthritis! And some actually have quite common symptoms! Here are 7 things that are often said...Continue reading      78 Comments » Read more

20 Replies to Things Not to Say to an RA Patient

Replies to things not to say to an RA patient (UPDATED) Every day, I hear from many people living with Rheumatoid Disease. This post about things not to say to an RA patient was a response to a request from a dear reader about one of the most popular posts on the blog, 20 Things Not...Continue reading      113 Comments » Read more

Dear Warriors and Friends

The past three years are positively beyond anything I could have imagined. Do you have a moment? When I started blogging, I had dreams of this website. But it could take forever to learn enough about “code” to manage it… We’ll save the rest for another day, but do you realize rawarrior.com has at least 630 pages?...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

Is That Your Final Answer? …or Replying to Misconceptions

A day filled with misconceptions about Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease I wrote this post weeks ago when it had just happened. I imagined responses that to misconceptions about rheumatoid arthritis are usually held back in polite conversation. Am I the only one who does that? What if it were a game show… It was a day filled...Continue reading      98 Comments » Read more

Fears of Social Media: a Pre-Halloween Boogie Man Post

I’m hoping this happy little post might help anyone who is on the fence about blogging or using other forms of internet 2.0 (meaning “interactive websites”) to communicate about healthcare. This article is part of an Advisory Board essay that I contributed to the Mayo Clinic Center for Social media to be used in a...Continue reading      3 Comments » Read more

“Fine Thanks, and You?” and 5 More Stupid Things I Say

1) “Do you want your rubber duck?” The favorite rubber duck has a squeaker which lets water in. Squeezing the water out of that duck brings severe hand pain. Not quite as much as the softer Thomas squeaker toys. (And water also hides in the duck so it has to be squeezed for two days.) 2) “I...Continue reading      68 Comments » Read more
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