Warm Hands, Warm Hearts

RA Guy Community News

A few weeks ago, Amber shared her story of not being able to afford a pair of gloves due to the financial challenges of living with RA. A very kind-hearted benefactor immediately contacted us, and sent Amber a warm pair of alpaca gloves!

This past weekend, Alison offered to send a pair of gloves to someone who was facing numerous challenges this winter season. We contacted the lucky recipient this morning, to let her know that a pair of gloves was on its way!

Throughout the course of this year’s Festival of Gloves, we’ve heard numerous stories of strength and inspiration.

We’ve also had our hearts touched by messages from people who have lost their health insurance, from people who are facing serious medical procedures this holiday season, from people who were just recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and from people who have to put in the extra effort that is required to get to school or work on a cold winter morning.

On behalf of everyone who supports the RA Guy Foundation—either by making a donation, or by taking part in the Festival of Gloves, or by sharing the work we do—we are happy to announce that the RA Guy Foundation will be giving away an additional ten pairs of gloves to people living with RA.

Because we can all use an extra touch of warmth, and of color. And because we all have the ability to support, inspire, and encourage one another.

THANK YOU, for helping us help others!

Help us warm more hands and more hearts. DONATE NOW!

The RA Guy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to surround the person affected by rheumatoid arthritis with vibrant, life-changing connection so they can learn to truly LIVE with the illness. Learn more at www.raguyfoundation.org.

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RA Guy Community News

A new list of wonderful blogs written by strong individuals living with rheumatoid arthritis.

Incurable Hope
Basically… I am… just trying to accept the hand I have been dealt but still live the life I want to live. This blog is a place for me to release the frustrations of living with Autoimmune disease and to celebrate the victories I experience. I refuse to live a mediocre life and that refusal leads to some fairly conflicting experiences, emotions and days in general. Read on if you like REAL. Read on if you love contradictions and highs and lows and everything in between. Read on if you have R.A and want to feel a little less alone in what can be an extremely miserable disease to deal with

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The RA Science Experiment
Like many people, rheumatoid disease does not run in my family. My diagnosis was one of those strange surprises, following on the heels of a great summer. I am still hoping for another great summer one day. Here’s the tale: In the summer of 2014, I was happily working in my flower garden restring some 20-year-old flower beds before a family vacation to Hawaii. During this garden clean-up, my right hand started hurting. A lot. I thought that I had injured my hand with all the digging and weeding and that our vacation time would clear that pain right up. Didn’t happen. Sound familiar? When I went in to see the doctor about my sore hand, he was skeptical about the injury and thought something else was going on. It was amazing to have my hand hurt so much that I could not sleep at night. A month or so after that doctor visit, my left hand started hurting as well. I assumed this was because I was using my left hand more to compensate for the sore right hand. Poor assumption. When I went back to the doc with this severe symmetrical hand pain, he sent me to the rheumatologist post haste. And another RA science experiment was born…

If you write a blog that you would like to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming blog list, please email me at rheumatoidarthritisguy[at]gmail[dot]com.

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Seeing Pspots
So, I’ve had psoriasis for over a year now. For some reason it seems to pop up more in the spring/summer time than in the fall/winter months (don’t ask me why, it’s usually the opposite for most people). Anyway, it started on my face this time which is the FIRST TIME it’s ever been on my face. I suppose it was bound to happen at some point. It’s hard to have psoriasis pop up on places that are hard to hide (likkeeeeee my face, unless I wear a mask or stocking over it but I don’t plan on robbing a bank anytime soon). My advice? Just FACE it!

Chronically Kristin
Inner musings of a chronic illness fighter determined to win.

Lupus Chick
Funny. Raw. Informative. These ladies “get it.” Whether you are in bed with a flare, trying to learn more about Lupus, or just need a laugh with girlfriends who understand, we believe you will find it here on our award-winning blog.

And Then You’re At Jax
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The Itch to Beat Psoriasis
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Life According to Kenz
Since 2011, this blog and I have come a long way. There have been mountains to climb and storms to weather but I have never been more sure of my purpose or faith in this life and in something so much more magnificent following it. My sole hope is that as you read, you would feel encouraged and know that you are not alone no matter what battle you are facing.

RA Diabetes
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City Girl Flare
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Autoimmune Mess
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Overcoming Psoriasis
My name is Todd Bello and I was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 28. Unfortunately psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease and there is no cure. I had a small red spot on my scalp that wouldn’t go away. I was very concerned. Since then I did a lot of research. I’ve tried so many treatments. Been in four double-blind studies. Light therapy, the Dead Sea, Skin Cap, Acupuncture, Herbal remedies, Dr. Pagano, Tanning, Raptiva, Embrel, Engineered Tuberculosis Injections, Gluten-Free, Diets, Topicals, Exercise, Hot Yoga, Healing Masses, Steam Baths, Sulfur Baths, Epsom Salt, Spring Water, Florida Natural Spring Soaks, Steam Rooms, Saunas, Tanning Booth, Chiropractic Adjustments, High Colonics, Dovonex, Talconex, Sulfasalazine, Coal Tar, Florida Sun, Aleve, Cortisone Injections etc..I turned 50 this year and I’m still determined to find a cure.

Life With Multiple Sclerosis
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If you write a blog that you would like to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming blog list, please email me at rheumatoidarthritisguy[at]gmail[dot]com.