Erika-Hodgson

Erika Dawn Hodgson

RA Guy Real Profiles of RA

Real Profiles of Rheumatoid Arthritis Photos © Erika Dawn Hodgson Name? Erika Dawn Hodgson Age? 32 Location? Calgary, Alberta, Canada How long have you lived with RA? I was officially diagnosed in January 2010, but have had joint swelling and issues for about 5-6 years. What advice would you give to someone who has just been diagnosed with RA? Ask …

Living Life As I See Fit: How I Have Changed

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“I always talk about how I have changed but I am usually referring to how I have changed emotionally.  I never really want to talk about how I have changed physically.  For most of us, we clearly acknowledge that we have changed physically but we don’t like to talk about it. The truth I have gained nearly fifty pounds since …

Show Us Your Hands!

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Are you interested in taking part in a cool community project right before the holidays? It’s easy, it’s free, and it’ll only take you a couple of minutes to complete! Here’s how it works: 1. Take a photo of your hand, and send it to me via Facebook or email it to me at rheumatoidarthritisguy[at]gmail[dot]com by Friday, December 23rd. That’s …

Pain, Disability, & The Importance Of Positive Thinking

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“For me, a positive attitude doesn’t mean that I hope my pain goes away; it means that I hope to be able to cope with this pain even better.” —RA Guy Earlier this year, I shared this quote (shown above) on my Facebook page. I wrote these words in response to numerous comments and messages that I had previously received, …

The Financial Challenge Of Living With Chronic Illness

RA Guy Adventures of RA Guy

Okay, so my decision to stop taking medicines was in no way financially motivated…but since I’ve done so, I’ve noticed that there’s more money than usual in my bank account. This makes sense, as I’m no longer spending the equivalent of a nice laptop computer, sometimes even a MacBook Air, per month! I’ve always known that I spend a lot …