Health.com: 11 Famous People With RA

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Famous RAArchaeological 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 for it in history, the less you find it.”

Here is a list of famous people who’ve battled the disease in recent history. (The first confirmed cases of RA were probably in the late 1800s.)

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Arthritis Broadcast Network: Spotlight On Arthritis Superheroes

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superheroToday, the “Spotlight on Arthritis Superheroes” is directed on Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy.

RA Guy’s rheumatoid arthritis started when he was in his 20’s. His heels were in pain and his knees creaked. In the winter time, his RA symptoms became worse. In his 30’s, his pain never went away and he was unable to use his knees. Finally, after many visits to a doctor, he came across a rheumatologist who confirmed that he had rheumatoid arthritis.

Join RA Guy as he shares his ups and downs and continues his journey through chronic pain and debilitating inflammation. Our favourite part about his blogs is that he uses humor to shed light onto matters that others may consider serious.

Read More: http://arthritisbroadcastnetwork.org/2014/09/spotlight-arthritis-superheroes-2/

The New York Times: Actress, Artist, Sometimes Both At Once

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By MEKADO MURPHY

In the new romantic comedy “Words and Pictures,” a rolling office chair becomes a tool for art creation. Juliette Binoche, playing an art teacher whose rheumatoid arthritis affects her ability to paint, lies on her stomach across the chair, grabs a paintbrush and swivels from one part to another of the canvas on the floor. Passion and pain become a part of each stroke, as Ms. Binoche both plays a visual artist and is one.

The film, due May 23, follows the competitive relationship between an art teacher and an English teacher (Clive Owen) at a prep school. Both have strong opinions about which medium of expression matters most. The paintings by Ms. Binoche’s character, Dina Delsanto, are seen in various finished and unfinished forms throughout the movie. But there are no art doubles here. Ms. Binoche created all of the canvases herself.

Read More: www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/movies/juliette-binoche-brings-own-art-to-words-and-pictures.html

The Columbian: Arthritis Not stopping 20-Year-Old Nursing Student

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Camas woman, who has lived with disorder since a tot, shows early, consistent care crucial

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter
Published: April 14, 2014, 6:00 AM

Twenty-year-old Kelly Slauson doesn’t know life without rheumatoid arthritis.

Diagnosed when she was just 18 months old, Slauson’s life as she knows it has always included medications, doctor’s appointments and joint stiffness.

“I thought every kid had to get shots on Friday nights and go to the doctor all the time,” said Slauson, who lives in Camas.

When Slauson was only about 7 or 8 months old, she started walking. But her parents later realized something wasn’t right.

Slauson would walk, but then, after napping, would wake up and revert to crawling. Or, if she did walk, it would be with a limp. Her pediatrician referred her to a rheumatologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissue.

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Name My Cane!

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Thanks to the hundreds of people who suggested a name for my cane. (You can see all of the wonderful ideas here and here.) I have created a short list of my favorites, and would like you–my friends and supporters–to make the final decision!

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Update: The winning name is Eileen-as in I lean! Thanks to everyone who took part in the Name My Cane contest–it was a lot of fun, and I now have a great story to share whenever someone asks why my cane is named Eileen.

Don’t forget, when it comes to stuff like having to use canes, crutches, or any other assistive device, be sure to have as much fun as you possible can!