Sunday Break

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


RA Guy Sighting

RA Guy has been sighted.


We’re enjoying the last few days of my parents’ visit – this Thursday morning they make the long journey back to their home in Texas.


Speaking of Texas, here’s hoping that the Dallas Cowboys win this afternoon!


One of the best things about tutoring younger kids is that I get to read books that I myself have not read since high school. At the moment, I am currently starting to read The Hobbit once again. Funny thing, I still remember visualizing the characters the first time I read it. Now, all the pops into head are the characters from the Lord of the Rings movies.


Enjoyed watching Sherlock Holmes this weekend.


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

Arthritis Playlist

Yes, I really do have this playlist on my iPod…and it really helps me get through the roughest moments during my RA flares. Sometimes, music can be the best medicine.

REM: Everybody Hurts

Rob Thomas: Her Diamonds

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Edith Piaf: Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

No, nothing at all,
No, I don’t regret anything!
Neither the good that’s been done to me,
Nor the bad;
It’s all the same to me!

No, nothing at all,
No, I don’t regret anything!
It’s been payed for,
swept (away),
I don’t care about the past!

With my memories
I have lit the fire!
My disappointments, my pleasures,
I no longer need them.
Swept away are the loves
with their trembling,
swept away forever!
I start again at zero.

No, nothing at all,
No, I don’t regret anything!
Neither the good that’s been done to me,
Nor the bad;
It’s all the same to me!

No, nothing at all,
No, I don’t regret anything!
Because my life,
because my joy,
begins with you!

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Coldplay: Fix You

Chris Kirby: Arthritis Song

“Hands, don’t you quit me so easily
You don’t even know
Though you’ll never need me
Don’t go

I’m losing my hands
Years by the hourglass
So don’t tell me not to be scared
Until you play by the rules
Of heroes and fools
And lose
And be no better for it”

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Skunk Anansie: Twisted (Everyday Hurts)

Cirque Du Soleil: Alegria

Taboo: Petrified

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RA Blog – With A Twist!!!

Raw Sierra
My blog about going Raw, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Backpacking – who knew!

Hey! I’m Judy Brill – a mom of three with Rheumatoid Arthritis who started a journey to discover Raw foods as a way (hopefully) to help ease this yukky disease! Besides the obvious health benefits of eating a high raw diet, I am on a mission to see if a life on raw foods can ease the symptoms and progression of this disease. My passions are my hubby and kids, backpacking (yeah backpacking with RA – that deserves a blog in itself!), scrapbooking, hiking the PCT, the mountains, and living in Montana one day with my awesome soul mate.

If you like this blog, you will also enjoy The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo and The Truth About JRA. I really admire these individuals who continue to explore non-traditional methods of treating RA, and who share what they are learning with the rest of us.

Wishing For a Flare?!

Okay, so Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy actually found something that is less fun than a rheumatoid arthritis flare: a bout of food poisoning.

Two hours before the worst symptoms actually grabbed hold, my RA suddenly peaked to some of its all time highs – the first sign that something was wrong. Then, all of the food poisoning symptoms started.

Let me just say, it was not a fun ride. If my flares are like a cup of coffee, this was like a few shots of espresso.

Believe it or not, during this episode yesterday I would have actually traded everything in for a flare. During periods where I could barely think straight, I continued to tell myself that that if I this were a flare, I would at least be familiar with it and knew how to respond. With food poisoning, I felt so helpless.

Luckily this bout lasted right under 24 hours, so today I am back to normal.

That was a definitely a first though, really wishing for a flare. I learned an important lesson – if there’s one good thing about my rheumatoid arthritis pain, that would be that at least my chronic pain is familiar.

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


That’s the temperature of the fever that I woke up with at 5am this morning. This is my first fever in about five years, believe it or not. Hope it breaks soon! Until it does, I’ll be calling in sick!