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7 Rheumatoid Arthritis Bathroom Complications

Rheumatoid arthritis bathroom problems? That’s right. Bathroom. Not a big fan of potty humor. But if you live with active rheumatoid arthritis bathroom visits can create a minefield of problems. As the bathroom became more and more difficult for me, I wondered whether I’m the only one. Today, I’m being bold to ask. Do you have a...Continue reading      51 Comments » Read more

Sonny’s Disappearing Digits: a Fairy Tale of Rheum Disability

A few weeks ago in the car, Roo and I were talking about how hard it is to explain and understand rheumatoid disease (RD) and rheum disability. Roo is alone among my five children in that he has no memory of the strong, healthy woman I was before full-blown RD onset when he was 6...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

3 Things That Control How Much #Rheum Can Steal from You

Ever feel like Rheumatoid Disease is eating away at your life? Stealing abilities – even responsibilities – you enjoyed? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck? Roo’s been asking this tongue twister / riddle lately: ”How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” He enjoys saying it faster and faster. Boy was...Continue reading      9 Comments » Read more

Groceries, Guilt, and Feeling Old from Rheumatoid Disease

At our family get-togethers, people tell jokes about how we’ll always be “Young.” I stopped telling those jokes a few years ago. And I think I just figured out why. Rheumatoid disease makes me feel old. It’s not the wrinkled brow from unspoken pain. Or the pale spotty skin in place of my former perpetual tan. Or...Continue reading      70 Comments » Read more

When Should People Living with Rheumatoid Disease Use a Wheelchair?

Or give in to using a cane? Or pain medication? Or a handicapped tag? There was an interesting discussion about wheelchairs and canes on my Facebook post yesterday. At the same time, there were a few other discussions going on about pain medicines. There is such a wide range of needs. But there are some things...Continue reading      67 Comments » Read more

Mission Impossible: Crowd Management with RA

Whether you take mass transit, work at a crowded office, or attend conferences like I have recently, managing in a crowd with RA is challenge. This may be one more mission impossible, should we choose to accept it… It’s hard to explain RA to anyone who hasn’t lived it. Have you ever had a sprained ankle...Continue reading      36 Comments » Read more

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