The Month Ahead: Near and Dear

  • My cat Lucy has what many might consider entirely too many toys. She plays with everything - nice, balls, catnip toys - as they strike her fancy, but she has a particular favorite. It's a remarkably ratty-looking rodent and she loves it with the passion of a thousand suns. We call it Bubo (short for 'bubonic'). Given the choice, she will choose Bubo over all other toys, even carrying it around in her mouth or curling up in her basket, Bubo at her side.


    You may be wondering what this has to do with MyRACentral, but bear with me. My point - and surprisingly, I do have one - is this: we all have many interests, but some things, some causes, resonate more than others. They stay with us, capture our passion in ways others do not, bringing us back to discussions or advocacy time and again. This month on MyRACentral, we delve into subjects near and dear to our lives.

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    I'm excited to announce that we have a new Contributor on the site. Cathy has had RA for seven years and her "career" with the disease includes both a severe flare and two remissions. She's passionate about connecting with others who have RA and the depth of her experience with the disease is her an understanding of the both the ups and downs, as well as tricks to manage life with a chronic illness. Cathy will be posting on a regular basis and we're all very happy to have her on the team. I hope you'll join me in welcoming Cathy to our community and encourage you to pop over to her first post to meet her in person.


    March is a busy month in terms of bringing attention to different causes and topics. It's MS Awareness Month, a subject near and dear to Lisa Emrich's heart - she lives with both MS and RA and will interview several of our users who share her experience of juggling two chronic illnesses. This month is also Nutrition Awareness month and if you're interested in this topic, check out Lisa's post from last December on including more vegetables and fiber in your diet. You may also want to read Cathy's post about her personal experience with eliminating gluten from her diet.


    It doesn't stop there. This is also Brain Injury Awareness Month and Sara Nash will write about her experience with supporting a family member who has a brain injury. If you've been around for a while, you'll know that Sara used to be a yoga instructor and in her second post, she will write about the benefits of yoga and how it can help RA.


    Later this month, I will write about and RA forum I attended in Toronto late last year. It was an invigorating, motivating and hopefilled experience and I look forward to sharing what I learned with you. My second post will look at the effect of chronic pain on the lives of people who live with RA and other painful conditions.


    What is near and dear to you? We look forward to reading your SharePosts on the topic.


Published On: March 01, 2011