Leslie Rott,

Leslie wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Talking About Chronic Illness at Work

Credit: Thinkstock I have been in my current job as a Health Data Analyst & Client Liaison for a long-term home care company for two months and have been with my current company for just over six months, and I was pretty open and honest about my ...
Leslie Rott

10 Ways to Practice Self-Care During a Busy Life

Credit: Thinkstock Sometimes self-care goes out the window, despite our best efforts. We get too busy with school or work, our friends invite us to outings we really want to take part in, we over-schedule ourselves, or we simply overdo it, to the poi...
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Flaring Again: Dealing with Symptoms After a Long Quiet Period

Credit: Thinkstock Unfortunately, an inevitable side effect of chronic illness can be denial. I’ve experienced a lot of major life events over the last three years: getting my PhD, moving to New York, my grandfather dying six months later, my dad dyi...
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Maybe I Do Need a Rheumatologist, After All

Credit: Thinkstock I have a confession to make: despite flaring again for the first time in years, I had not been to a rheumatologist in eight months. When my health remained pretty stable for the last three years, I guess I got caught up in the idea ...
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Big Pharma's Role in Arthritis Awareness and Education

Credit: Thinkstock It’s important for pharmaceutical companies to understand that they are in a unique position, with regard to both patients and the general public, when it comes to arthritis awareness and education. When it comes to patients, pharm...
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RA and Birth Control

Credit: Thinkstock When you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), choosing to add additional medications/medical devices to your regimen can be a difficult decision. One example is birth control. Birth control can be contraindicated in some autoimmune dise...
Leslie Rott

Don't Let Sun Sensitivity Ruin Your Summer

Credit: Thinkstock Summer time has become synonymous with “fun in the sun.” Not so much, though, if you are sensitive to the sun. For people with chronic illnesses, the sun’s ray’s can be problematic due to a variety of reasons ranging from things su...
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For Health Advocates - Ways to Deal with Fatigue

Credit: Thinkstock May is lupus and arthritis awareness month. And while I can see my fellow advocates spreading awareness on social media on a daily basis, I cannot seem to get involved, even though I have both of these illnesses. Part of me applaud...
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