Entries by RA Guy

Harvard Gazette: A Journey Into Illness

Poet and memoirist Meghan O’Rourke is devoting her time as a Radcliffe Fellow to a new book, “What’s Wrong with Me? The Mysteries of Chronic Illness” after a diagnosis last year of Lyme disease. “It’s not a medical book, but it is trying to bring together a literary and cultural story of disease and how […]

Rediscovering (My Soul)

I’ve always been fascinated with learning–and living in–cultures other than my own. This has less to do with any lack of appreciation of my own culture, and has more to do with wanting to go out and explore; with wanting to go out to see–and experience–the world with my very own eyes. When I was […]

Tricking My Mind

Pain has a tendency to want to mess with our minds. It chips away at reluctant hosts with thoughts of weakness and worthlessness, and tries its darndest to make people believe that life sucks. In it’s most ruthless state, pain creates fear. LOTS of fear. It scares individuals into stopping the things that they love […]

Making Memories

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” –Cesare Pavese One thing that has helped me greatly when it comes to coping with the pain and disability of living with rheumatoid arthritis has been the notion of making memories. It used to be that I would start off each day with an immediate classification of […]