Delayed Reaction

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On Friday evening, I found the mother lode of pain located – conveniently enough – in my right wrist. The most intense episode lasted about an hour. When it passed, I proudly reminded myself about how such episodes in the past used to emotionally knock me down for days, which did not seem to be the case anymore. Sure, these …

Grand Piano

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Shari says: I’m 35 and was recently diagnosed with RA (although I tried to convince the rheumatologist otherwise!). For several years I dismissed all the symptoms as nothing more than the stress of being a recently divorced single mother, trying to make ends meet as an administrative assistant by day and a piano instructor in my home studio by night …

It’s A Small (RA) World

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Okay, two messages that I received just made my day. Yesterday, two readers of this blog both realized that they were at the same college in the United States, and met each other in person. One is a student, and the other is a faculty member. “Neither of us had known anyone else in the area with RA before today.” …

Drip, Drip, Drip

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Every now and then, I stop everything I am doing and suddenly realize exactly how much pain I am actually experiencing. Today was one of those days. Maybe it was because my physical therapy session this afternoon was twice its usual length, or maybe it was because my physical therapist asked me to come in three times a week for …

My Bum Thumb

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Understanding and Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis Cari Elliott is a sophomore Mass Media student at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  She loves to write, even when her hands (and her bum thumb) do not.  After obtaining her degree, Cari hopes to become an author, preferably of science fiction and fantasy novels, but she would be happy writing about anything.  …