Cathy, Community Member

Foot Pain Blame: Rheumatoid Arthritis or Shoes?

Rheumatoid arthritis gets blamed for a lot of my aches and pains and although I know that it plays a huge part in this recent round of foot pain, I have decided to give RA a break from the constant blame and instead put the blame of my foot pain on m...
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Back to School As a Teacher Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Starting back to school as a teacher diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis always comes with some apprehension. As a teacher, I am on stage for four to five hours at a time and all attention is on ME. If I show signs of rheumatoid arthritis through lim...
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Going on Vacation with Rheumatoid Arthritis

On July 18, I was off for a four day trip with my mom and my five siblings. This is the first trip we have all taken together since we were kids. Our immediate families are not joining us. It is just the seven of us. We are meeting up in the Boston a...
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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Getting Back on the Bicycle

We all have activities we enjoy doing in life and when rheumatoid arthritis comes knocking at our door, there is a huge fear of it taking away those very activities that we love. For me, bike riding is the thing I love doing. During the worst of time...
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Sleep During a Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare

Flares stink, no question about it. A flare is about much more than pain. It is about lack of sleep, stress, and fear. When we are experiencing a flare we have to take good care of our bodies. We have to This is non-negotiable. One of the most import...
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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Shoes: No Love Affair with Shoes

Many women, it seems, have a love affair with shoes. Not me. In fact, I don’t know if shoes even rate as my friends. It has been years since I have looked longingly at a pair of shoes. Rather than looking at them for their beauty and style, I now see ...
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Exercise and RA: Keep Moving

“Keep moving.” This has been a personal motto for me since rheumatoid arthritis became a part of my life seven years ago. I have a stubborn streak in me that decided early on that rheumatoid arthritis was not going to take any and everything it wante...
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Diet: Does it Help Rheumatoid Arthritis?

There is often controversy as to whether or not diet is helpful in treating rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. Many folks believe there is absolutely nothing to what you consume while others believe it is what will save them. After y...
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