Profiles in courage with RA Archives | Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior

Rheumatoid Arthritis Ruined Her Elbow, But Nothing Could Break Her Hope

Research of an engaged patient rescues her elbow I hope you enjoy this inspiring story of a young woman’s struggle to get the best treatment for her elbow destroyed by Rheumatoid Disease (RD). Carolyn is a brave patient who researched to find a procedure to relieve her pain and restore movement to her elbow. She illustrates...Continue reading      26 Comments » Read more

Same, Same But Different

Symptoms are like snowflakes: the same, but different. We see patterns in Rheumatoid disease and say, “See, I’m not alone.” Yet, we also see that no two people are exactly alike because of what I call the immune fingerprint. Explore both our similarities and our differences with eighteen newly added RA onset stories! Your stories of how...Continue reading      5 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      35 Comments » Read more

2 steps forward, 1 step back is not a dance move – It’s just life

I’m happy to share NINE new onset stories with you! People write to me all the time about how helpful it is to find these when searching for a diagnosis or trying to understand a new diagnosis. They paint a much more accurate picture than the textbooks have so far. Andrea’s Rheumatoid Arthritis story Amanda N.’s Rheumatoid...Continue reading      2 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

Letting Fumbles Strengthen the Heart

Like most people, I was always proud of what I could juggle and how many balls I could keep in the air at once, while making it look easy. Most of us also know that living with Rheumatoid disease changes that. One by one, I’ve had to put down things I’d rather have continued. I remember...Continue reading      28 Comments » Read more

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