6 Months Later…

RA Guy Adventures of RA Guy

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: http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/2009/04/hello-world/

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