What’s Going On At The Arthritis Foundation?

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WBS-TV Atlanta: Major Layoffs at Arthritis Foundation 


“The Atlanta-based Arthritis Foundation’s national headquarters laid off twenty-six administrative workers, nearly twenty percent of its entire staff.

But even with the foundation’s financial problems, its most recent tax return shows that in 2001 Dr. Klippel [Arthritis Foundation CEO] got a raise: more than a half million dollars in pay and benefits including a seventy thousand bonus.

Those same tax records show in 2011, outside fundraising firms raised nearly fourteen and a half million dollars for the Arthritis Foundation, but the foundation only got about 3.1 million–which is 22 percent of it–enough for watchdog Charity Navigator to give the nonprofit a one-star rating.”

Read More: http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/major-layoffs-at-arthritis-foundation/vs6q7/

Beautiful People Do Not Just Happen

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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


The Five Stages of Grief

The stages have evolved since their introduction, and they have been very misunderstood over the past three decades. They were never meant to help tuck messy emotions into neat packages. They are responses to loss that many people have, but there is not a typical response to loss, as there is no typical loss. Our grief is as individual as our lives.

The five stages — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance — are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief. Not everyone goes through all of them or goes in a prescribed order.

Our hope is that with these stages comes the knowledge of grief’s terrain, making us better equipped to cope with life and loss.

More Info: http://www.amazon.com/On-Grief-Grieving-Finding-Meaning/dp/product-description/0743266293/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

New Book: Your Life With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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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.

More Info: http://www.yourlifewithra.com/

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.
 

Metro: Lady Gaga Prays As She Tells Fans: I Can’t Walk

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Lady Gaga has called off some of her tour dates after revealing she can barely walk after a month of physical agony.

The superstar has been struck down by severe inflammation of the joints, a condition known as synovitis.

‘I barely know what to say. I’ve been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for some time now, [and] over the past month it has worsened,’ she wrote on Facebook.

‘I’ve been praying it would heal. I hid it from my staff. I didn’t want to disappoint my amazing fans. However, after last night’s performance I could not walk and still can’t.’

Read More: metro.co.uk/2013/02/13/lady-gaga-prays…

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

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Jennifer LeBlanc | Live Art.fully | livelifeartfully.blogspot.com | 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?”

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