A Whistlestop Tour Of The Last Few Million Years Of Arthritis!

Little things can make a big difference to a person with arthritis. Difficulty with the little things like making a cup of tea, getting dressed or opening the front door can all add up to have a big impact on a person’s quality of life. At Arthritis Ireland we understand this. That is why we are Ireland’s only organisation working single-mindedly to transform the experience of people living with arthritis and those who care for them.

Every day, we work in communities across the country providing community based education programmes to help people effectively manage and control this devastating disease. We actively drive grassroots advocacy so that the voice of people with arthritis is heard and understood and we work with the medical community to control and cure arthritis.

If arthritis is affecting your life or the life of someone you love, call us and talk to someone who understands, someone who will listen, chat and point you towards the people, resources and programmes that can make a big difference to your life.

More Info: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/

ArthritisID: Comprehensive Free Arthritis App For Consumers

ArthritisID is the most comprehensive free arthritis app for consumers, featuring the most current, evidence-based arthritis information to help detect, treat and manage arthritis.

ArthritisID includes:

  • Screen for arthritis – ArthritisID’s interactive arthritis screening tool and questionnaire will help you determine indications of a type of arthritis
  • Understand arthritis better – ArthritisID features treatment strategies and medication information for: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, gout and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (kids get arthritis too!)
  • You can trust ArthritisID – the most current, evidence-based information on prevention of arthritis, as well as information about exercise, diet and nutrition
  • Save it! ArthritisID lets you save past arthritis screenings, or those of friends and family
  • Share it! ArthritisID lets you send important arthritis information and resources by e-mail from the app directly to those who need it
  • Connect to the North American arthritis community through social media networks and access more resources
  • Thoughtful functionality – ArthritisID does not require an internet connection to operate, and the text size can be custom adjusted to suit your preference
  • Unlimited free access to all features – all materials are available in English AND French. There are no subscription fees or hidden costs

ArthritisID was developed and written by two of North America’s leading arthritis research and patient advocacy organizations – the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and Arthritis Consumer Experts.

ArthritisID also has a free companion app for healthcare professionals, called ArthritisID PRO, which has additional features.

More Info: http://bit.ly/GetArthritisID

Arthritis is cured! (if you want it) Among the top three chronic diseases in Canada, arthritis is actually a group of more than 100 diseases. One in six Canadian adults has arthritis – that’s nearly 4.5 million people – costing the economy billions of dollars per year. It’s time Canadians got talking about arthritis.

In 2009 – 2010, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) and The Arthritis Society of Canada, created the first comprehensive national arthritis awareness program in Canada. With the program slogan “Arthritis is Cured! (if you want it)/Guerir l’arthrite! (la solution vous revient),” the NAAP positively promoted interest and conversation about arthritis with the public and healthcare professionals, providing greater insight into the severity of the disease and information on how to access the arthritis information and support network. Read more at: http://www.arthritisiscured.org/.

More Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs

RA Runner
Mid-Twenties Runner (or attempting to be) who just took ownership of a fun little condition called Rheumatoid Arthritis. I work at a Commodities firm. This is a collection of my musings and observations concerning running, RA, nutrition, some work, and the combination of all the above.
Read More: http://rarunner.blogspot.com/

Rheumatoid Arthritis Life interrupted
My walk with Rheumatoid Arthritis to current date. The aim is for this to help others understand what this disease is and what it does.
Read More: http://rarebel.blogspot.com/

I’m still alive, and still I RISE
Whats up! I am Kelly and decided to start this blog to share my life experiences with others. I have been dealing with a lot of health issues including two auto immune illnesses, Crohn’s disease which attacks the digestive system and Rheumatoid Arthritis which attacks the joints. Both illnesses affect not only other parts of the body but completely change your life. I decided to change for the better. I realize I was given such struggles because I am strong enough to handle them with grace style n rock n roll baby!!
Read More: http://rockstarrealness.blogspot.com/

A Day With Me & Arthritis
I am 32 with 2 children, Girl 14, Boy 9. I have 3 staffy’s and they are part of the family. Been with my partner 12 yrs and he is a ace, he helps out so much, I would be lost without him, shh don’t tell him that though lol.. I first visited my GP with symptoms sep 2010, I was currently working full time and very active, in time things begain to change and it has been a bumpy ride, but I keep on going and trying to keep my smile going…
Read More: http://traluvie-adaywithme.blogspot.com/

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House Flame Derby Walking Cane

I think this is going to be my next walking cane. It’s not so much the fact that this is a replica of the cane used by Dr. House on the television show that interests me; what attracts me the most are the really cool flames!

This cane was previously available only with a ‘tourist’ (rounded) handle, which would have never worked with my arthritic hands. It now seems, though, that it is also available with a more ergonomically correct ‘derby’ handle.

From the website selling this cane: “The derby triple wound carbon fiber flame cane uses the same design as Dr. Gregory House on the hit television series House M.D on Fox. The flames on this cane are built in the shaft, making the flames last the entire life of the cane. By using super strong, triple wound, carbon fiber, the cane will weigh next to nothing but is sure to last for years to come! Be sure to get one of these ‘cool’ canes while they’re ‘HOT’!”

More Info: www.fashionablecanes.com/Dr-Gregory-House-Walking-Canes

P.S. You know you have rheumatoid arthritis when you get really excited about blinged-out walking aids!

Respecting Limits

I have about a dozen memories from a very young age that I’m able to recall with such clarity, that it almost feels like these events took place just a few minutes ago. One of them was having my first grade teacher read a story to the class, as she held up the book over her shoulder for everyone to see. This was back in the 1970’s, before commercial cartoon characters had taken over many children’s books. Instead, we were treated to classical myths and timeless storylines, set against a backdrop of beautiful visual images which were printed on museum-quality paper; these books were indeed fine works of art.

And in this instance, I still remember the brightly colored feathers, the big burning sun, and the graceful patterns of motion swooping against the blue sky. By now some of you may already recognize the story that was being told to us; we were reading about the legend of Icarus.

Icarus: Son of Daedalus who dared to fly too near the sun on wings of feathers and wax. Daedalus had been imprisoned by King Minos of Crete within the walls of his own invention, the Labyrinth. But the great craftsman’s genius would not suffer captivity. He made two pairs of wings by adhering feathers to a wooden frame with wax. Giving one pair to his son, he cautioned him that flying too near the sun would cause the wax to melt. But Icarus became ecstatic with the ability to fly and forgot his father’s warning. The feathers came loose and Icarus plunged to his death in the sea. —Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology

I find it telling that this is one of my few childhood memories that still stands out clearly in my mind. On many occasions over the past few years–after I once again pushed myself too hard against my illness, only to fall back even further into the pain and sadness–I have been transported back to that moment when I was a young kid sitting on the classroom floor, mesmerized by the images that were being shown and the words that were being spoken. I was struck by the irony: when I was only a few years old, I completely understood the moral of the story; as a grown adult, I refused to accept what actually made so much sense.

I think that my reaction of “I’m not going to let my chronic illness change me one bit,” in the year or two after the shock of my initial diagnosis wore off, was a pretty normal reaction–at the time. I’ve since learned a new reality, though. My rheumatoid arthritis *is* going to change me, in more ways that I could have ever imagined. This is beyond my control, and by not accepting this I’m definitely not making things any easier for myself.

It’s up to me, however, to decide if my chronic illness will change me for the better, or for the worse. Certain changes will always beyond my control, but how I react to them is something that will always remain within my control. Realizing that the answer to this question–change for the better or change for the worse?–is indeed within my control only serves to remind me how much I, and not my illness, am in charge of my life.

Over the past few months, I’ve started to experience the beauty (and improved health!) that results from not bumping up against my limits. I intentionally break down any size project into smaller parts, to be accomplished over a matter of days or sometimes even weeks. I use periods when my disease activity is lowered not to go out and do everything that I had previously been unable to do, but instead to just relax, and rest even more. At any one moment it may seem that I’m doing much less than I once used to be able to do, but as a whole it’s clearly obvious that I’m actually doing more than ever before.

And this lesson, which I first heard decades ago when I was a bright eyed kid sitting in front of my first grade teacher, is finally being driven home to me today. The more I respect certain limits, the longer I’ll be able to fly. And the longer I’m able to fly without crashing, the happier and healthier I’ll be.

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