Pens And Needles: Singing Beyond Our Bodies

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Pens and Needles“I love to sing because it is such a physical act; but I also love to sing because the music I produce is incorporeal. It thrusts out and away from these sore, stiff bones, this heart that doesn’t know quite what to do with itself. Singing with others reminds me that we are all so much more than our bodies. We are so much more than the things that hurt us.

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Be sure this read this absolutely beautiful post – it’s a great start to the Christmas season!

Cooking With Arthritis

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A cook with arthritis adapts to kitchen, writes a book

Melinda Winner was in her 20s when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Born with the use of one arm, and now battling pain, Winner sank into depression. She gained 100 pounds and thought her dreams of being a chef were fading.

Winner, now 48, took control and lost the extra weight through walking and smarter eating. Through a series of adaptations, she rediscovered her love of cooking and regained her independence. She has written a book to help others do the same: A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking With Arthritis.

Winner has appeared on the Food Network and local newscasts. She conducts cooking seminars, where she demonstrates how to use everyday objects to overcome different physical limitations. She says her successes stem from sheer determination.

“I’m not one of these people that give up,” she said. “I’m a true survivor.”

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Illustrated Guide to Cooking with ArthritisA Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis
by Melinda Winner

Are you one of the millions of people that suffer from arthritis, a chronic disease, or a physical injury? Is cooking your passion or, at the very least, a necessity? Come along on a culinary journey around the world with Melinda Winner in her second cookbook, A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis, which will bring the millions of physically challenged individuals back into the kitchen pain free and fearless. As a physically challenged individual herself, Melinda shares techniques for creating mouthwatering recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts, as well as delicious rubs, sauces, and jellies. An Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis is packed full of delectable, original recipes sure to delight any palate and is a must-have for any cookbook collection. Each easy-to-read recipe is written for use by anyone, physically challenged or not, and includes an informative section of kitchen terms, culinary resources, and basic tips to help make everyday life simpler.

Arthritis RadioArthritis Radio Episode 1: Cooking With Arthritis

Our first guest, Melinda Winner, is a woman on a mission – which is – to make the world aware of a debilitating disease that steals the lives of men, women and children every day in this country.  She will soon be setting off on a life changing adventure across the United States. Melinda will start here in Pittsburgh, PA and head north, then south, east and west, visiting every state in the union.  She has vowed not to stop until America becomes aware of the severity of auto immune system diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Melinda wants to help all 46 million+ sufferers of these diseases.

Melinda is also a noted cook. Her talents have taken her all the way to the Food network.  She competed on the Ultimate Recipe Showdown in 2008.  She has also authored two books:  The first, Yankee Cooking with Southern Charm was released in 2008.  The Second: A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking with Arthritis has just been released.  This book is the first of its kind.  This book was designed to help the physically challenged regain their independence in the kitchen.

Updated: Melinda Winner also guest blogs at AFWPA Rheum For Wellness:

RA|QA Rheumatoid Arthritis Questions & Answers

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QuestionEleanor asks:

Was looking for some advice from fellow sufferers – I have just had my medication changed fom Leflunomide as it was affecting my liver too much. I have now been prescribed sulfasalazine – just wondering what other people have thought of it and how its affected them. Thank you!!

From The Archives

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On Becoming Visible
RA Guy on May 1, 2009

Over the past few weeks the invisible nature of my rheumatoid arthritis has slowly been slipping away, little by little. Anyone with an eye to detail could see the wrist guards and ankle protectors peeking out from underneath my clothing. (Who am I kidding? Even if they did not have an to eye detail, they could still see them.) When the superhero gear comes off, things are not any better. My swollen red joints blink like Rudolph’s nose – once again, not too hard to miss. But last night the final effects of my invisibility cloak wore off – my walking cane came out of the closet.

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NRAS Christmas Concert

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NRAS Concert
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society Christmas Concert

Date: 10th December
7pm – 9pm
St Giles Church, Fore Street, Cripplegate, London, EC2Y 8EJ
£15 per ticket

There will be carols and readings, local school choirs, The NRAS Trio singers, mulled wine and mince pies!

Tickets are available from NRAS on 01628 501547 or by email to

Giving Machine

Holiday shopping online?

NRAS has recently teamed up with an organisation called ‘The Giving Machine’ which aims to turn NRAS supporters, who shop online, into Givers by converting sales commissions into donations!

All you have to do is click on the shop link through The Giving Machine website instead of going straight to that shops website.

It only takes two minutes to create an account with The Giving Machine and choose which Charity you would like to support when you shop.

It’s only 1 more click for you, but with enough people doing it, this could generate a lot more income for NRAS so we can carry on supporting people with rheumatoid arthritis.

NRASNational Rheumatoid Arthritis Society provides support and information for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, their families, friends and carers, and health professionals with an interest in Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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