10 Perfect Gifts for Chronic Illness with Gift Guide

Special gifts for chronic illness RA Warrior already has a popular gift guide: 21 Gifts for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis. But in the past couple of years, I’ve found and tried so many new things—several given to me by loved ones! So I’m choosing some of the best ones to recommend to you in this new...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

21 Gifts for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Special gifts for people with rheumatoid arthritis / rheumatoid disease - UPDATED People asked me for years to publish a gift guide for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) / disease (RD). The past few months I thought about what the best gifts for people with rheumatoid arthritis are anyway. We appreciate the same loving gifts as...Continue reading      9 Comments » Read more

What a Wonderful World, and Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

Do these two song titles seem to conflict? The former was one of the first songs I ever put (and kept) on my phone. The latter I learned in second grade because my teacher thought every American must know Spirituals. (Hear Louis Armstrong sing below, and Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen on YouTube.) Guys, cover your ears....Continue reading      5 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

An Event Especially for Gathering Encouragement

You’re not alone If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, “You’re not alone” with this disease. So many of us share experiences. And yet, we hear frequently about the loneliness that Rheumatoid disease creates. Community is a tremendous remedy and it’s what brings many warriors here time after time. Hearing “you’re not...Continue reading      15 Comments » Read more

I’m Not All Better, Just Too Polite to Whine; Yet Victory Is Still Sweet

Please don’t miss the news at the end of the post! I had to put A LOT on one page since it’s been a few days! My endocrinologist was so excited about my attending the ACR in November and winning the WebMD award in December and it’s really fun to share after being a patient there...Continue reading      43 Comments » Read more

You’re Cordially Invited to Make SWEET MEMORIES with Other Warriors & Friends! [video]

Our friends at Arthritis Introspective (AI) do so much practical work to help people living with diseases like RA (and adult JRA) to connect for in-person support. Many of the groups listed on our own Local Rheumatoid Arthritis Support page are affiliated with AI, who assists local support groups in various ways. It has been...Continue reading      13 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

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

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support: My Nicest Examples

Rheumatoid Arthritis support: 3 sources This blog is about the nicest thing that someone has done for me since I became ill with Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s not tough to decide, but it’s tough to talk about. First, there are some honorable mentions. 1) There’s that first good doctor who confirmed my diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Support from the...Continue reading      50 Comments » Read more
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