Super Break

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


Will Return

I know that most people are expecting to read one of my usual “Sunday Break” posts. But today, I am going to do things a little differently.

(Hint: the title of today’s post is not a typo.)

Starting today, I am going to take a break from blogging. Don’t worry, though – I will be back soon!

Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy will return in ten days, on Wednesday, November 4.


Down here in the southern hemisphere, we are enjoying Springtime. I think I’ll do a little cleaning around the house and office, and hang my cape out to air. I’ll rest my mind and body, as I come out of one of my worst flares ever.  I’ll enjoy the upcoming Day of the Dead celebrations, and maybe make some pumpkin pie.


I might even finally get around to reading The Psychology of Superheroes: An Unauthorized Exploration[Amazon Associates Link]. Yes, this book really does exist…and it’s one of the many unread books currently on my bookshelf.


I spent this past Friday and Saturday cleaning out my inbox – a superhero feat in and of itself! If you sent me a message that I somehow overlooked, please resend it and I will respond after my break is over.


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

The Things We Do For Health Insurance…Er…I Mean…Love

Once upon a time, there was a girl who believed in love, and marriage, and the fairy tale wedding, and the happy ending. But then she got lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and realized that she had to be realistic about things…And while love might conquer all, health insurance conquers more…

Getting Closer to Myself:

Warm Socks: I <3 My Rheumy!

  • There is a plan.
  • I get to know what that plan is.
  • I am comfortable talking to her.
  • She listens to me.
  • She looks at the paperwork I fill out for her.
  • She advocated not paying a bill.
  • She doesn’t spring surprises on me.
  • She gives me information (I don’t have to pry it out of her).
  • Once she considers me stable, I won’t have to see her as frequently.
  • She’d like to reduce my number of meds.
  • She gives me hope that I can get my life back.

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6 Months Later…

Six months ago today, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy wrote his first blog post.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy Saves The World!
RA Guy on April 24, 2009

Okay, so maybe I didn’t save the world – yet. But I did launch this blog, and on a Friday afternoon no less. Now I can kick back and relax over the weekend. I’ll go back to saving the world on Monday.

The idea to start my own blog has been simmering around in my head for a while, but upon hearing for the third time in a month “Why don’t you start your own blog?” I finally decided to give it a go.  I put aside my self-paced iPhone application development training (and corresponding new MacBook Air – what a lovely thing) and jumped into the world of Adobe Illustrator (illustrations on the right) and WordPress (blog publishing software, for those who are not familiar).

I hope to have fun sharing adventures of my journey through chronic pain and debilitating inflammation.  My rheumatoid arthritis has undergone a major progression during the past few months, and I need to turn my daily routine of putting on and taking off my wrist guards and ankle protectors into something fun.  Hence, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy and his tungsten wrist guards and titanium ankle protectors.

And yes, I really do still have a full head of hair.  Although two weeks ago I started taking Arava for my rheumatoid arthritis, and one of the most common side effects of this drug seems to be hair loss.  Here’s hoping that I don’t become follically challenged.  (Although I guess being able to comfortably lift a brush is more important than having a full head of hair – darn those wrists!)

So welcome to my world and welcome to my blog.  Don’t be shy – I would love to hear from you.

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

Original Post:

Have I saved the world? Maybe not yet – but I do think that I have started to do my part in helping to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with rheumatoid arthritis. Along the way, I have met many other wonderful superheroes. It’s been a great journey up to now. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

FYI, I eventually did start losing my hair, after being on Arava for a few months…but I am still able to lift a brush!

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy