Just as all of us have the power to raise awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis, we also have the ability to create an accurate depiction of the people who live with rheumatoid arthritis. Young and old. Male and female. Recently diagnosed and long-time RA veterans. There is no one “typical” representation of this disease.
Some of us have no visible signs of our illness and might often be told “but you don’t look sick!” Some of us might have crooked fingers and other damaged joint. Some of us use different mobility aids in order to get around. Some of us have physical scars from joint replacement surgeries.
Read and share some of the current Real Profiles of RA, or consider submitting your own. Let’s show the rest of the world what RA Superheroes really look like!
How To Submit A “Real Profile of Rheumatoid Arthritis”
1. Photos: Please submit 5-10 digital photos. I will collage these together. Photos of mobility aids, surgery scars, or any other aspect of living with RA are more than welcome, as are childhood photos and family photos. You will retain the copyrights on all images submitted as part of this profile.
2. Questions: Please submit answers to the following questions. If you prefer not to use your full name, free to use only your first name, initials, nickname, etc. If you would like to include a link to a Facebook page or personal blog, please let me know!
- How long have you lived with RA?
- What advice would you give to someone who has just been diagnosed with RA?
- Do you use any mobility aids? If so, please describe.
- How has living with RA helped to improve your life?
- Do you have any visible signs of RA? If so, please describe.
- Please describe some of your favorite emotional coping strategies for living with RA?
- What are your current medical treatments – traditional and otherwise – for your RA?
- Is there anything else about yourself (need not be RA related) that you would like to share?
3. Please send the above items to rheumatoidarthritisguy[at]gmail.com.