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Thumbnail Photos & Rheumatoid Arthritis Support

Sunset from WalMart

Real life RA Warrior meet-up

Something special happened to me yesterday. While on my trip, I got to meet a fellow RA Warrior in person. It was sweet.

I think we were both excited just to see each other in the flesh. It is great to get to see the real person behind the thumbnail photo. And even better to get a real hug.

We could also swap RA stories and compare hands. Stuff you can’t see in the thumbnail.

A couple of times, Cindy has been a source of encouragement to me. Of course, I am much happier encouraging others, as I’ll bet you are too. Oh well, maybe I will get my chance to be the encourager another time.

It was helpful to me to hear her tell about her process of acceptance of the Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis.

We also laughed about the ridiculous cures that have been offered to us such as multivitamins. The visit was much too brief though.

Still, she earned the new handle “Pizza Dealer” after we spent half an hour trying to get a pizza delivered to my hotel. Finally, she ended up having to negotiate in person while she went to recover the pizzas. She seemed unflappable. What a fantastic lady.

I know that each one of you is a real flesh and blood warrior just like Cindy and I are. What a privilege it is to talk with you every day here on the blog. Until we can all meet in person, I will be thrilled with the thumbnails.

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Kelly O'Neill

Kelly O'Neill (formerly Kelly Young) has worked about 12 years as an advocate helping patients to be better informed and have a greater voice in their healthcare. She is the author of the best-selling book Rheumatoid Arthritis Unmasked: 10 Dangers of Rheumatoid Disease. Kelly received national acknowledgement with the 2011 WebMD Health Hero award. She is the president of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. Through her writing and speaking, she builds a more accurate awareness of rheumatoid disease (RD) aka rheumatoid arthritis (RA) geared toward the public and medical community; creates ways to empower patients to advocate for improved diagnosis and treatment; and brings recognition and visibility to the RA patient journey. In addition to RA Warrior, she writes periodically for newsletters, magazines, and websites. There are over 60,000 connections of her highly interactive Facebook page. You can also connect with Kelly on Twitter or YouTube, or LinkedIn. She created the hashtag: #rheum. Kelly is a mother of five, longtime home-schooler, NASA enthusiast, and NFL fan. She has lived over fourteen years with unrelenting RD. See also https:/

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3 thoughts on “Thumbnail Photos & Rheumatoid Arthritis Support

  • August 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    lol I totally understand the hand comparing. I've tried posting a picture of my hand on my newest post, but I don't know if you can really tell any difference!! Btw, I just emailed you!!


  • August 21, 2009 at 9:55 am

    It was funny and wonderful! Still smiling.

    Pizza Dealer:)

    What a weird experience all the way…like they'd never heard of it or something….

    When we finally found someone willing to just cook it, I went to pick it up and the guy said "$39.99" to which I just blurted "no way" because we hadn't ordered very much (kind of embarrassed myself – what manners?!).

    So he starts recalculating, checking some little private notes, making notes on something else, and I could have sworn I saw him reach into his sock at one point…

    …and you had to stand outside and get the pizza through a slot……found myself looking around for cops:)

    It was like it was a drug deal or something.

    Next time you come, I'll just make the pizza myself ok:)

  • August 21, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Cindy! Meeting with you was definately a highpoint to the trip.

    BTW! you won't believe how EASY our pizza deals are here on the Space Coast!!! I call at 5 on Wednesdays. I get 2 pizzas w/3 toppings. Pick up in 15 minutes. Only $15!!!! It is easy, so every Wednesday is pizza night… shhh: don't let the secret get out.


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