Visual Journal: My Story

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Over the past few months, I’ve grown increasingly frustrated. Using a keyboard and mouse has become quite a challenge on most days, due to the chronic pain and inflammation in my hands. I’ve always considered myself to be a designer and not a writer, though…so I recently took out some of my tools that I haven’t used in ages (cutting …

Freefall

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As much as I would like to think that I am prepared for every downturn that living with rheumatoid arthritis might have in store for me, the truth is: I’m not. And even though I knew that the winter conditions of the last two days were having a profound effect on my decreased mobility and increased pain levels, I still …

Name My Cane!

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  Thanks to the hundreds of people who suggested a name for my cane. (You can see all of the wonderful ideas here and here.) I have created a short list of my favorites, and would like you–my friends and supporters–to make the final decision! Update: The winning name is Eileen-as in I lean! Thanks to everyone who took part in …

My Decision To Not Use Medicines Right Now Is All About Personal Responsibility

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Years ago, the chronic eczema in my legs flared up. By this point, I knew the routine: schedule an appointment with my dermatologist, stop taking warm/hot baths, and start slathering the thick prescription eczema cream on my legs twice a day. This time around, however, the doctor threw in one more thing–a one month prescription of anti-allergy pills. Within 30 …