Entries by RA Guy

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 […]

Canyons, Bridges, And Waves

People often ask me, what do you do? Depending upon my mood, I have many different answers. I am an architect. I am a photographer. I am a teacher. I am a writer. I am a designer. But there is one response that remains constant, no matter how I am feeling. I am a walker. […]