Possible Rheumatoid Arthritis

Our family’s testing for possible rheumatoid arthritis This article is part 2 to RA Runs in Families. My daughters and my friend’s family members were being tested for possible rheumatoid arthritis. The imaware™ at-home RA test checks for three antibodies that occur with RA / RD and asks other questions related to RA diagnosis. When the RA test reports are ready,...Continue reading      3 Comments » Read more

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

Making Lemonade When You Want Latte

Does making lemonade make it all better? When I first started my blog on Google’s Blogger website, the profile page required people to describe themselves with whatever question that popped up. The question I got was “What is your super power?” I answered “Making lemonade.” It seemed like rheumatoid disease (RD) was like every other trouble that...Continue reading      7 Comments » Read more

Just Do What You Can Do

Can you be satisfied with “do what you can”? “Just like magic, I’ll be flying free. I’mma disappear when they come for me”* All of my life I’ve been a "do what you can," as-much-as-you-can soul. I never fancied disappearing because I wanted to make a positive impact and I thrive on making a difference. That’s my name...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

10 Things I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Why wonder about 10 things I wish I knew 10 years ago? January was my rheumaversary. Yes that’s a new word. But it’s pretty clear what it means. Over the past few months I’ve been pondering what it means to live a decade with unrelenting rheumatoid disease. What does my future hold? There is so much...Continue reading      25 Comments » Read more

How to Live Like a Warrior: 3 Lessons

Kelly, you want to tell me how to live like a warrior, really… When I can’t get anything done from fatigue or pain? When medications have failed me? When I feel like the disease is trying to taking over? When my spouse or my friends misunderstand? When I can’t work any more and I can’t make ends meet? Recent readers have...Continue reading      24 Comments » Read more

Reaching Beyond Limitations: Nike versus Yoda

“Not running sucks” & “Don’t just RUN your mouth” I stopped short when I saw this Nike t-shirt display in a mall recently. I had to get a picture of these t-shirts and ask the salesman, “Do you sell a lot of these? Do people like them?” He said they do. I just smiled and thanked...Continue reading      61 Comments » Read more

3 Rules of Fair Play for People Living with Rheumatoid Disease

Rheumatoid Awareness Day is only ONE day away. Join us this morning February 1 at 10 a.m. ET for a special Twitter #rheum chat. RPF is inviting clinicians, patients, and caregivers to Tweet at least once to help spread awareness. Join in by just adding “#rheum” to a Tweet – or click here to read...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

Ashton Kutcher on Opportunity, Being Sexy, & Steve Jobs’ Advice on Life

Surprise speech on life at Teen Choice awards This week at the Teen Choice Awards, popular actor and tech investor Ashton Kutcher (Christopher Ashton Kutcher) described “3 amazing things I learned when I was Chris.” Kutcher plays Steve Jobs in the upcoming film Jobs (opening this week). I watched the video of Ashton Kutcher’s short speech last...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

Seeing Light and Shadows in Groundhog Day and RA

TODAY, February 2nd,is the first Rheumatoid Awareness Day. Read more below about how you can be involved. Amateur actress shares Groundhog Day's special place in her heart My sweet friend Steph, one of the bright treasures that I have gained from living with this disease, sent me a story in an email yesterday. I'll hope you'll enjoy it...Continue reading      2 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
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