Through the looking glass
I used to think that accepting the reality of my rheumatoid arthritis meant that I would be giving in to this disease.
I had reached rock bottom, and needed to declare as much. I also knew that everything was going to be okay.
Adventures of a superhero on his journey through chronic pain and debilitating inflammation.
Beautiful message! (Photo by Jennifer S.)February 3, 2016
“Pierre-Auguste Renoir was one of the most influential painters in art history, but few people know that he suffered from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis. Despite his arthritis, he was able to maintain an incredible level of precision and efficiency with his painting. More importantly, he remained positive and did not let his condition affect his passion for painting or take away from the beauty that he saw in the world around him.”February 3, 2016
This is rheumatoid arthritis.February 2, 2016
RA Guy Foundation: VisionFebruary 2, 2016
60-second guide to rheumatoid arthritis
Can one get a better understanding of rheumatoid arthritis in just 60 seconds? Let’s give it a try!
Reacting to other people’s reactions
Raising awareness in others is certainly important, but it will never be as important as raising awareness within myself.
Living with rheumatoid arthritis (or any other chronic illness) is hard, but it’s nice to know that by coming together, things can—and often do—get a little easier.
What are your most pronounced inflammatory triggers?February 9, 2016
What works for you, in terms of improving communication with family members and friends?February 8, 2016
Does your spirituality help you in coping with rheumatoid arthritis? If so, how?February 2, 2016
Do you use Badger Balms?February 1, 2016
You know you have RA when…
Hundreds of responses—some funny, some heartbreaking, all true. What can you add to the list?
Autoimmune Portrait Project: RA Guy
I’ve learned the beauty of slowing down, of going out to breathe fresh air, and of taking nothing for granted.
Real Profiles of RA
Just as all of us have the power to raise awareness of rheumatoid arthritis, we also have the ability to create an accurate depiction of the people who live with rheumatoid arthritis.
These profiles are one opportunity for us to share our stories. Young and old. Male and female. Recently diagnosed and long-time RA veterans. While all of these personal stories have a lot in common, each one remains beautifully unique.
On becoming visible
My “injury?” I got into a cage match with my immune system, and my immune system seems to have won.
A few truths about living with chronic illness
Nothing is more important than understanding your body and your illness, no matter what others say