Every now and then when I need a little extra inspiration, I pull out my copy of the Our Hands Can! photo book and start flipping through the beautiful photographs and moving stories of people who live with all different types of inflammatory arthritis. When I return the book to the shelf, I smile at the knowledge that this book continues to reach all corners of the world. This book not only helps to unite and inspire the inflammatory arthritis community, but also helps to raise awareness of these diseases with which we live.
While a student at Columbia University in the early 90s, I once bicycled–but never walked–across the Brooklyn Bridge. So during a recent return visit to New York City I decided that I would do as much, even with my crutches and all! It was a sunny, hot August afternoon and as the architecture-geek inside of me admired the lovely shadows cast by the cables on the bridge, I thought it would be cool to capture a corresponding photo of the shadows that were being cast by my crutches.
RA Guy Sculpture
What can I say, other than that this is the coolest thing ever! (Thanks again, Donna.)
Meeting–In Person–Some of the Supportive People Who Read My Blog
While traveling in the U.S. this summer, I had the opportunity to meet these lovely ladies, all of whom live with rheumatoid arthritis and read this blog. It was really nice to be able to sit down to some pleasant conversation and good food. I had some other meet-ups in the works, including one in New York City, which had to be cancelled due to personal issues and schedule/travel changes…but hope to sometime in the future be able to meet many more people who follow my blog!
Show Us Your Hands!
With the aim of advancing its mission of uniting and inspiring people who live with inflammatory arthritis, and in line with its values of positivity, community, diversity, and transparency, Show Us Your Hands! began operating as a nonprofit charity organization during the month of December. This could not have been possible without the support of the community and the dedicated efforts of the Show Us Your Hands! Board of Directors. Stay tuned, as exciting new programs are announced in the coming year!
Receiving a cease and desist letter from an existing nonprofit organization, threatening Show Us Your Hands! with legal action. (Didn’t your parents ever teach you to be nice to the new kid in town?) Here’s hoping for more emphasis on what really matters most to our community: increased awareness of inflammatory arthritis in 2013!
Thanks to each and every person who helped make 2012 a wonderful year here on Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!