New Book: Your Life With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain is the ultimate guide to living well with this chronic, at times debilitating, autoimmune disease.

Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis covers medication and treatment options, questions of opioids and addiction, down-to-earth tips to manage side effects, and techniques to control the pain that is often part and parcel of RA.

This is an informative, honest and often very funny book. It offers hope, comfort and help to empower both the newly diagnosed and those who have had the disease for years.

Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain is the essential companion to creating a good life with rheumatoid arthritis.

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About Lene

Lene Andersen is an award-winning writer living in Toronto, Canada. Born and raised in Denmark, Lene — pronounced Lena — has had rheumatoid arthritis since she was four years old. This gives her over four decades of experience with the disease and everything that comes with it.

Live. Art.fully: She Chose to {Rise Above}: Art Journaling

Jennifer LeBlanc | Live Art.fully | | All rights reserved.

“I love the layers of meaning in this spread. The lady has lassoed her dreams that are seemingly unattainable. She is holding them like balloons or flying them like kites. They are pulling her up, hot air balloon style, in her cage of difficulty, helping her soar above the stones that could trip her.

She’s using her dreams to help her rise above.

Another thought I had while working on this spread is that our stones of difficulty can either be stumbling blocks or stepping stones in life. Which are yours?”

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RAthlete An Optimist Blogger: We Can Be Happy

“When you suffer from a chronic disease, it often times complicates our happiness; blurs the goals and hopes for our future as we become slightly convinced RA will get the best of us. As Agnes Repplier stated, “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere”.

It is a never-ending battle between success and joy. I think it is important to remember only you can dictate your success and I hope your happiness guides the answer.”

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More Inflammatory Arthritis Blogs

Live Art.Fully
Come along on my journey as I live life artfully while battling chronic pain and illness due to a chronic inflammatory disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis. I write authentically about the challenges of inflammatory arthritis and how I am learning to rise above them with chronic gratitude. I also write about motherhood, faith, loss and healing, and art and creativity.
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On the Ground
30 year old female, now working a ‘real’ office job. I spent my late teens and 20’s training and riding everything from GP jumpers to AQHA halter horses. Quit riding professionally in 2005 due to Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but have started re-riding and showed AQHA on my HUS gelding in 2010, Lucas. Recently sold Lucas, and dealing with progressing RA, while still trying to stay involved with horses.
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My RA Diary
My perception of life has also changed since. I now cherish every little moment of my life with family and with life, as unpredictable as it can be, I want to share my knowledge, honest experiences and thoughts, inspirations, motivations as well as any bits and pieces about improving life with RA. Regardless if a ‘cure’ is even possible with RA, my goal of recovery is a total remission! And I strongly believe I am closer to this goal every day I live here-forth…
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The Girl With Arthritis
Hello! I’m Elizabeth. I have a friend named Arthur. Juvenile Psoriatic Arthritis, is his full name. I’m a teenager aspiring to be an artist who is just trying to get by day to day without too much pain. I want to help other kids and adults with arthritis reach out and feel accepted.
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Dancing in the Rain
It’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the “RAin” when you live with Rheumatoid Arthritis and other Autoimmune Diseases.
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Porcelain Doll
Then one day it dawned on me,“why don’t I start up my own blog and document my arthritis journey?!” Writing this blog is not only my way of getting things off my chest when I am feeling particularly frustrated, but it could help another young person in the way I was hoping for myself a few months ago.
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Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis: Unplanned Costs Of RA

While sitting in the infusion clinic a few days ago receiving my first dose of Actemra (see photo), I began to wonder about the extra costs of having RA that aren’t covered by insurance or planned for in my budget. This thought came to mind as I pulled my parking ticket out of my pocket and wondered how much I was spending on parking per year. Then the thought expanded to all RA related costs that are’t included in insurance coverage and I decided to make an accounting of these costs.

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