Some of you may be familiar with a television show on ABC called “Wipeout”. I actually have not seen this show myself, although over the years I have seen many variations of the theme. Basically, contestants run through an obstacle course full of dangers and surprises, to the delight of viewers.
“In the end, after being pummeled in the qualifier, thrashed in the second round, plastered in the grueling third set of obstacles, we cheer as the four finalists head for the big kahuna, the Wipeout Zone. The bright lights, big splashes and even tougher obstacles are jaw dropping. We truly feel for these tired contestants, hoping for our favorite to cross the finish line first, bringing home the title and cash on another week of Wipeout.”
Mondays. For many, this is the worst day of the week. Wake up early…get dressed…and go back to work. For me, the third part of this routine actually started yesterday. Sure, I slept in late and stayed in my pajamas all day long…but I did have lots and lots of assignments from last week to correct, and plenty of work to prepare for this week’s classes (which includes not only a final exam, but a first day of class for another course).
But this Monday, today, was actually a great one. The sun is back out, and the absolute worst of this current flare seems to have passed. (I’m still in it, but moving in the right direction.) I am well rested from this past weekend. I lectured for two hours this morning, and am now at home preparing for a private class that starts in the coming hour.
I wore my Nikes to school again – I put them on this morning without one bit of hesitation. I downgraded from my crutches to my cane and a pair of (titanium!) ankle protectors. My crutches are never far away, though, and will come back out of the corner as soon as I need them.
Going back to work and returning to a normal routine can sometimes be boring. Sometimes, it can be a downright pain in the butt. Today, however, it was one of the greatest things in the world.
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!
The second season of New Way RA premieres today, and features none other than Sara from The Single Gal’s Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis as a co-host. (Read more about Sara’s perspective in her latest blog post.) You go Sara!
The full year of new episodes will feature:
Clinton Kelly, fashion consultant and co-host of the hit show What Not to Wear who provides easy-to-implement style suggestions
Gail Saltz, M.D., psychiatrist, columnist, bestselling author and frequent television commentator, who discusses ways to achieve and maintain intimacy in a relationship when living with RA
Laurie Ferguson, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Education at the advocacy organization CreakyJoints who shares tips and advice on how to succeed in the dating world when living with RA
Matt Iseman, stand-up comedian and co-host of the top-rated shows Clean House and Sports Soup who shares his personal experience with RA and helps to dispel some common myths about the condition
W. Hayes Wilson, M.D., Chief, Division of Rheumatology at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia who discusses the challenge of obtaining a proper diagnosis and developing a productive relationship with your rheumatologist
Chantelle Sterling, a woman living with RA who shares how she came to terms with her diagnosis and manages her RA today.
(Reuters) – A large study of European populations has uncovered seven new clusters of defective genes which may be responsible for rheumatoid arthritis, a painful and disabling disease that affects mainly the joints.
The paper was published in Nature Genetics on Monday together with findings of a separate study in Japan, which identified one of the seven genetic clusters as possibly causing the chronic inflammatory disease among Japanese.
“The findings leverage us to better understand the basic biology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), with the goals of developing new targets for therapy and new biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis,” wrote research scientist Eli Ayumi Stahl at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in the United States, who led the study on European populations.
The study was also intended “to develop better genetic tests for RA risk, especially in people already at risk (such as arthritis patients or relatives of patients with autoimmune disorders),” Stahl told Reuters.
Over the past year, I have highlighted some well-know people who live/d with RA. If you have missed any part of this series, or just want to read some of them again, here is the entire collection. (One of my favorites discoveries to this day has been Edith Piaf, whose story I accidentally stumbled across while watching La Vie en Rose.) Enjoy!