RAthlete An Optimist Blogger: We Can Be Happy

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“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

The New York Times: Relax! You’ll Be More Productive

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“By managing energy more skillfully, it’s possible to get more done, in less time, more sustainably.”

More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace. Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.

Read More: www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/relax-youll-be-more-productive.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

This opinion piece is the perfect epilogue to my previous post, Is Less Really More?

5 Tough Choices You Face When Chronically Ill Or In Pain

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“Suffering from chronic pain or illness—or, as is often the case, both—can feel like a full-time job. One reason for this is that we must constantly assess and evaluate if we’re managing our health and our relationships as skillfully as possible. This ongoing decision making makes up a major part of the workload in this full-time job—a position we certainly never applied for!

Here are five tough choices we continually face. There aren’t easy answers to the issues they raise: that’s why they’re tough choices.”

Read More: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/turning-straw-gold/201301/5-tough-choices-you-face-when-chronically-ill-or-in-pain

Toni Bernhard is the author of the award-winning How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers. Her new book, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow, will be published in September 2013.

AdelaideNow: Cyclist Jack Bobridge Reveals Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

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AUSTRALIAN cycling star Jack Bobridge has revealed he suffers from rheumatoid arthritis but is adamant it will not stall his career.

The dual Olympian, 23, was diagnosed with the chronic condition in 2010 and requires weekly Methotrexate medication – also used to treat cancer patients.

At its worst before treatment began, Bobridge was at times unable to open a soft-drink bottle, struggled to put on his socks and was bed-ridden because of aching joints.

“Training was nearly unbearable and I was constantly sleeping because my body was so worn out,” he said.

Read More: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/cyclist-jack-bobridge-reveals-rheumatoid-arthritis-pain/story-fngr0c3d-1226549814678

More Inflammatory Arthritis Blogs

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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/