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

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“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?”

Read More: http://livelifeartfully.blogspot.com/2013/02/she-chose-to-rise-above-art-journaling.html

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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.”

Read More: http://rathlete.blogspot.com/2013/02/we-can-be-happy.html

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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.
Read More: http://livelifeartfully.blogspot.com/

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.
Read More: http://justaplainsam.blogspot.ca/

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…
Read More: http://www.myradiary.com/

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.
Read More: http://arthritisgirl.blogspot.com/

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.
Read More: http://idanceintherain.com/

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.
Read More: http://porcelaindoll-xo.blogspot.co.uk/

More resources and blogs: www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/links/

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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.

Read More: http://livingwithra.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/unplanned-costs-of-ra/

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More Inflammatory Arthritis Blogs

Cytokines Within
I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in Feb 2012 (at age 29) after about 3 years of mild symptoms and 1 year of aggressively active disease. I’ve now developed secondary fibromyalgia as well. It has turned my life upside down. Before RA, I was a full-time student majoring in molecular biology, dreaming of a PhD down the road. I hope to still do that some day, but for now I have to take things one day at a time. Some day I’d love to research climate change and possibly help develop new energy/fuel and bioremediation solutions. I love nature and don’t want to see it destroyed.
Read More: http://cytokineswithin.blogspot.com/

Hurt Blogger
When I was 7 years old I got strep throat, mostly I was disappointed because I was wasn’t able to stay in summer camp that week. Then 2 months later I fell off my bike and cracked my skull, the ER thought I had been hit by a car – I did that good of a number on myself. Before I knew it everything went haywire. My neck began growing a nasty red lump that local docs termed “mini mumps” – that’s not even real. They eventually slapped a gown on me and threw me in the hospital, and when the bump wouldn’t leave they cut it out, still perplexed. After about a month of weird symptoms I finally woke up in the middle of the night with my ankles and wrists locked so tight that I couldn’t walk. Reactive arthritis. Rhuematic fever. But this was all debated! My parents and I were called hypochondriacs and told “we didn’t want me to have this disease.” No shit.
Read More: http://www.thehurtblogger.com/

Ra Ra Rad Life
I was diagnosed with RA in May 2012 and since my world has fallen and crashed into a million pieces. I will write as I pick up, rearrange, and create a new masterpiece. If Steve Wynn can stick his elbow through a Picasso and survive I think I can get through this too!
Read More: http://rararadlife.wordpress.com/

The Life of a Porcelain Doll
I’m 20 years old and I’m a fourth year student at the University of Toronto. I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when I was eleven and fibromyalgia when I was fifteen.
Read More: http://kiranchattha.wordpress.com/

RAthlete: An Optimist Blogger
With Arthritis we are confronted with many decisions, many obstacles, and many defeats. However, we are also met with challenges, opportunities to rise above, and moments of pure happiness. Accompanied with defeat is our true self, the person forced to show due to adversity. I have found that in the darkest of moments I discover my priorities; I finally understand why I’m doing what I do.
Read More: http://rathlete.blogspot.com/

Beatingrheumatoidarthritis
I keep forgetting I am ill. I forget it for days at a time. I run around at a speed reminiscent of my 30’s. I feel twenty years younger, which is a nice change of pace. I used to feel ancient, ready for death. Not anymore. My illness brings me up short. Literally. It stops me cold and won’t let me forget for long. It is selfish and narcissistic. It likes to be front and center; it doesn’t appreciate being shoved aside. It derives its satisfaction from reminding me of my limitations.
Read More: http://beatingrheumatoidarthritis.wordpress.com/

RA My Way
A diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can be scary. Being diagnosed as a child or at a young age can be downright daunting and terrifying. I saw it as a lifetime sentence of increasing pain and immobility compounded with cocktails of medication.
Read More: http://ramyway.me/

Chronic Brevity: Living with Scleroderma
The focus of my blog is going to change a bit and I ask for your patience as I navigate through this new world of “online blogging.” I still intend to spread awareness of these terrible disease(s), keep you posted on my progress and pitfalls and more importantly I hope to now provide a forum where others who suffer from chronic illness can come get support, advice, or just a good laugh cause they know where I’m coming from.
Read More: http://chronicbrevity.blogspot.com/

Rude Awakenings: Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis
My name is Jessica Hawk-Tillman. In January 2010, I was officially diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. At that time, I knew nothing about the disease, or autoimmune illness in general, but that changed quickly.
Read More: http://rudeawakenings.org/

More resources and blogs: www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/links/

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