For the last 15 years, since my official diagnosis with OA, I've been "blessed" with several surgeries and nine artificial joints. This hasn't been fun, but it also hasn't limited my activities long-term. I've still been able to continue my life as a photo-journalist and also volunteer in many countries and continents. In fact, I was even able to... Read more
I'm a well-educated and fairly intelligent person who has been undergoing the challenges of a variety of things caused by my osteoarthritis for over 14 years. Many people don't understand my refusal to take pain meds in spite of, at times, debilitating pain. The side effects for me, haven't been worth taking any of the HUGE variety of prescription... Read more
Many of our readers are aware that I have been working, living, and volunteering for many months at a time in East Africa for a few years. It's been very hard work, but a labor of love, and a dream come true for me in spite of all of my OA challenges.
I was devastated a couple of months ago when my OA disease decided to again rear its ugly... Read more
In the 14 years since I was "officially diagnosed" with osteoarthritis, I guess I've been quite lucky. Yes, I have nine artificial joints from the waist down, and I'm certainly NOT going to say the surgeries were my idea of fun - neither were all of the follow-up hours of physical-therapy - but yes, I've been lucky. I have only had minimal... Read more
I have had osteoarthritis for many years, and, in spite of a wide variety of pills, medications, shots, physical therapy (in and out of warm water), creams, ointments, ad infinitum - including nine surgeries and joint transplants - I've been a survivor. All of the above, including a myriad of braces, crutches, canes and supports have been my... Read more