Coping With Chronic Illness

RA Guy Community News 7 Comments

by JoAnn LeMaistre “Traditionally, the experience of serious illness has been approached in two ways: (1) a gloomy perspective of resignation, self-denial, and helplessness, or (2) a Pollyanna approach that denies altogether that there has been a real trauma. Both of these perspectives distort and disguise the reality of chronic illness. The first perspective views the chronically ill person as …



RA Guy Real Profiles of RA 5 Comments

Real Profiles of Rheumatoid Arthritis Photos © Gloria Name? Gloria Age? 22 Location? Bakersfield, California, United States How long have you lived with RA? I remember dealing with joint pain since I was about 8 years old. The pain, stiffness, and swelling progressed and turned worse about 3 and a half years ago and I was officially diagnosed by a …

Projecting Wellness

RA Guy Adventures of RA Guy 1 Comment

During every extended flare, there comes a point where I just know that the worst has passed, and that better days are around the corner. This doesn’t mean that I’m suddenly pain free, or that my joints aren’t creaky and stiff. What it usually does mean is that I’m tired of the pain, and that I’m feeling emotionally overwhelmed. I …