Entries by RA Guy

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 […]

A Few Truths About Living With Chronic Illness

A few truths about living with chronic illness: many people (including certain healthcare professionals) do not understand the reality of our illnesses; few people will know how much it really hurts (*all* the time!); and some people, upon discovering that a person receives disability assistance and other benefits, will try to make said person out […]

Health.com: 11 Famous People With RA

Archaeological investigations have turned up evidence of injuries, degenerative disease, infections, and tumors in ancient skeletons, but no signs (yet) of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). “It isn’t clear how old rheumatoid arthritis is,” says Nortin Hadler, MD, a professor of rheumatology and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The more you look […]