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The Rheumatoid Arthritis Self-definition Fairy

Does Rheumatoid Arthritis affect our self-definition? Recently on the blog, Noelle wrote about a warning from her nurse friends to not allow Rheumatoid Arthritis to “define” her. I could not respond to Noelle adequately in the little comment box. Don’t you feel cramped in there? Let's chat about self-definition with RA. Here’s Noelle: "A couple of my nurse...Continue reading      29 Comments » Read more

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior’s RA

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior blog is not about me, but this one is. This blog is not about me. It is about fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis. I DO have RA, but you know what I mean. Of course, I can only show you the world through my own eyes anyway. However, today I will focus on my own...Continue reading      16 Comments » Read more

If You Do Not Have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Please Read This

What I would tell those who are not living with Rheumatoid Arthritis A Memo to Non-RA'ers: My mailbox stays full of “nobody gets it” messages. People feel lonely and frustrated because most people don’t get Rheumatoid Arthritis. No, I mean they don’t “get it” as in understand what it is like. Recently, we discussed the UK campaign...Continue reading      38 Comments » Read more

The Me Before Rheumatoid Arthritis

Let me introduce you to the me you can never meet: The Me Before Rheumatoid Arthritis If you have RA, you spend lots of time adjusting to change. For me, the biggest adjustment has been to the disability. First, there is frustration that I cannot do what I still want to do. But the “old me” is still...Continue reading      73 Comments » Read more

Friend of Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior Shares Her Heart

I am so lucky to know a dear lady who sends me letters of encouragement about this blog. She is the widow of a man who lived with RA. I always wish everyone had an opportunity to hear some of her clever and uplifting words, so today I am sharing some of them with you. I...Continue reading      9 Comments » Read more

The Difference Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is the difference between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis? Sometimes, you can show how much you care by sharing what you know. But, other times, you can show how much you care by acknowledging what you don’t know. A good friend asked me this week to explain the difference between Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and arthritis /Osteoarthritis (OA)....Continue reading      41 Comments » Read more

The Use It or Lose It Approach to Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Does Use It or Lose It Work for living with RA? Gee, I hope you won’t mind another beach story. Here is a different view of the same beach. Right about the time I was finally diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I got a call from a friend who was coming to the coast for a vacation. “Bring...Continue reading      29 Comments » Read more
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