Recently, I’ve found two new exercise role models (and one that I admired four years ago) who are all middle-age women. This trio continue to push themselves physically as they age and seem to have found the fountain of youth. I think you'll find them equally as inspiring.
Sadly, an era ended yesterday. Dara Torres didn’t qualify for the Olympics. Why is that important? Well, you see, this would have been Dara’s sixth Olympics. At the age of 45, she was edged out of qualifying by a whopping nine-hundredths of a second in the 50-meter freestyle in the Olympic qualifying swim meet. She was beaten by a 25-year-old and a 26-year-old.
In a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Torres admitted that her body has had difficulty recovering from the strain of swimming qualifying races and a final. “Mentally it’s been so tough the past couple years with having more bad workouts than good workouts and going to meets and not being able to go faster at...
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The other day while showing my mother pictures from my recent trip to Egypt and Jordan, she said to me, "You know, you never took all these crazy kind of trips before you had RA."
She has a point. Although I did plenty of traveling before my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis in 2007, most of it was to cities where the only thing I had to tame were public transportation systems and a few museums. Since my diagnosis, the trips I have planned for myself have taken a much more adventurous turn and found me standing on top of mountains, going deep inside jungles and traversing deserts. This change in course is partly due to the fact that I travel with a somewhat intrepid group of friends who want to see as much of the world as I do, but it is also very much a response to finding out at the age of 29 that I had a disease I would likely live with for the rest of my life. At first, the introduction of RA into my life felt like a death sentence to m...
This is supposed to be the " Decade of Pain Control and Research ." There's even a law that says so, but patients in pain would never know it. There are times when it seems that the "war on drugs" has turned into a war on patients in pain and the doctors who would like to prescribe for them. In 2004, the DEA issued a document, Prescription Pain Medications: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Health Care Professionals, and Law Enforcement Personnel . But as soon as attorneys for Dr. William Hurwitz, a doctor who was being persecuted -- errr, ummmmm prosecuted -- over his prescribing of pain medications, notified the prosecuting attorney that this document would be used in his defense, the DEA suddenly withdrew the document. Karen Lee Richards, an expert on our ChronicPainConnection site has written a thought provoking piece I hope you'll read, Pain Patients Should Not be the Victims in the War on Drugs .
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