Summer is here! This is the season where we turn outward, have lunch on a patio, take a walk after dinner, see our friends more. Living in Toronto, I can attest to the fact that warmth and sunshine make people happy - these days, people on the street greet each other with a smile. There’s green, there are flowers and there are people walking around in flip-flops. Which aren't that good for your feet, but very tempting on a hot day. Also tempting on a hot, sunny day is to get outside and stay there all day. Like flip-flops, spending a lot of time in the sun is not that good for your body, especially when you are certain RA meds. To kick off our summer season, Lisa is going to write about sun sensitivity and what you can do to protect your skin.
This is a time a year where we have many more opportunities to get physically active and V is going to explore ways of exercising that are fun, as well. Summer is also the season where we shed some of our clothes and hop into bathing suits and that means being more conscious of how our bodies feel. Chad is going to explore the topic of summer diets and how to keep eating right.
Staying active and involved physically will make you feel better mentally and emotionally and that might make you want to do something more to change the way the world is. Last month, we celebrated Awareness Months for both RA and lupus. Awareness month may be over, but that doesn't mean the work is over - raising awareness isn’t just limited to a day or a month. We're going to continue to bring you information about issues that relate to the various types of arthritis, both on the individual and social levels.
Several members of our writing team are going to write about topics related to awareness. Later this month, I'll announce the winners of our Amazing Awareness Contest and tell you about all the wonderful ideas for raising awareness that came out of that contest. Lisa recently came back from a trip to Zürich, Switzerland and will tell us about her impressions from that trip. Leslie is posting an interview an author and entrepreneur who works to increase knowledge about lupus, as well as making life easier for people who have it. Leslie will also write about issues connected to direct-to-consumer advertising for people who have RA.
Almost all of us take medications to help control our disease and they can be expensive. Last month, I wrote about a proposed bipartisan bill that would remove financial barriers to medications for people who have insurance. This month, Brad is going to dive into another aspect of this issue, writing about financial barriers to medications for people who are on Medicare and what needs to be done to tear down these barriers.
June is the time for a special day: Father's Day and we're going to have several posts related to fathers and RA. Cathy's going to write about fathers in families where the mom has RA and Chad is going to write about being a dad with RA. Vaguely related, when we speak of tools, we often think of dads, but when you have RA tools can refer to any number of things, including medication, coping skills, as well as practical doodads. Later this month, I'll write about tools that are designed to make the lives of people with RA easier.