Sunday Break

Because there is no such thing as taking too many breaks!

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This past week I decided to take out my camera and start experimenting with photography once again. My motivation got the best of me, because a day later I was going up a harrowing road on the side of the mountain and didn’t know whether to close my eyes or keep them open – it was that bad!

Sunset

Once I got to the top, though, it was all worth it. The sun was just setting, and I got to see day turn to night. This photo shows the sun the moment it set behind a strip of houses perched on the edge of a canyon.

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Yesterday I had ice cream for the first time in almost two months! Even better, it was homemade. Made from blended chocolate soy milk, tofu, bananas, and toasted almonds it was surprisingly good. Next up: strawberry and vanilla.

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Tomorrow August 3rd, my grandparents celebrate their 68th Wedding Anniversary. Wow!

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We’re already in August, which can mean only one thing – football season is just around the corner. (Hey, what can I say? I grew up in Texas in the 1970s, when it was all about the Dallas Cowboys.) Don’t worry, I will not be renaming my Sunday blog posts to “NFL Sunday Break”.

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Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

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Aida Turturro

TurturroOkay, so rheumatoid arthritis actually never made its way into the story line of The Sopranos (at least not that I know of). That would have been interesting if it had though. I can see it now…

Tony Soprano: “Christopher, I need you to ‘take care’ of  Johnny…”

Christopher: “But I can’t Uncle Tony…my hands hurt WAY TOO much…I can’t even pick up a gun right now, much less strangle the guy!”

All joking aside though, Aida Turturro (b. September 25, 1962), who played Janice Soprano – the sister of mob boss Tony Soprano – lives with rheumatoid arthritis in real life. (I’ve watched every episode of The Sopranos, and I can honestly say that Janice Soprano was one of my favorite characters.)

Aida Turturro was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was 12 years old. Turturro’s earliest memories of the pain associated with the disease are connected to a family vacation at the beach at Martha’s Vineyard. Unable to walk from excruciating pain, she had to be carried to the water by her father. Following a visit to the doctor, Turturro was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis but little was offered in terms of treatment options.

Turturro lived with the pain, continued in school, and later began working. Admittedly, she did not understand the consequences of her diagnosis initially and was even unaware that a rheumatologist is a specialist and expert in treating rheumatoid arthritis and related diseases. All that has changed now for Turturro. She has become educated about her condition and realizes how vitally important that education is to fighting the disease.

In an interview with the Arthritis Foundation, Aida stated, “I’m lucky because my disease hasn’t progressed too far. Sometimes I have good days, sometimes I am in a lot of pain – but I never really let my RA stop me from doing the things I want to do. I know that there are alot of people out there for whom the disease has progressed to a debilitating stage”.*

In the early 2000′s Aida Turturro served as a national spokesperson in an rheumatoid arthritis awarenes campaign that was co-sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation and Centocor.

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