The Month Ahead: Chronic Illness, Spring, and Your Health Care

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    Spring? Already? It might still be cold and snowy outside, but winter’s days are numbered! Spring officially arrives on the 21st of this month and already, the days are longer. For those of us who have a hard time in the winter, both with our chronic illness and perhaps also seasonal affective disorder, these are all hopeful signs.

     

    Once she is recovered from surgery, Anna will be helping you fan the flames of excitement about spring. At the end of this month, she’ll write a post about spring fashion tips and self-esteem with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), including photos of snazzy outfits. We can’t wait!

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    This is a time of year when people start thinking about spring cleaning. As you look around your house noticing what needs cleaning and what needs putting away, why not include your health plan as you prepare to clean house? This month, writers from all HealthCentral’s sites are taking a look at what you can do to spruce up your health care. 

     

    Here on the RA site, I’ll be joining in on that topic from a sideways point of view. You may remember me writing about what to do about abuse in health care situations a couple of months ago. This month, I’ll write about the other side of that coin, namely how you can empower yourself to set boundaries in health care.

     

    Both Marianna and I am going to take a look at elements of treatment, as well. Most RA meds take weeks, sometimes months, to work and this process can be very frustrating. When do you stop waiting? Marianna will examine when to wait and when to act. Side effects is another aspect of treatment that can be frustrating, especially when it affects how you look. Later this month, I’ll write about hair loss from RA meds, including what you can do and how to cope.

     

    As spring approaches, so does an increase in your social life and opportunities to participate in activities. Unfortunately, chronic illness can put a wrench in the works for all the plans you are making. And it can be heartbreaking. I will write about this topic later in March.

     

    Have you started thinking about spring cleaning? What aspects of your health care could stand with a good scrubbing so it can serve you better? We look forward to talking to you about these and many other topics here, as well as in our active community on the RAHealthCentral Facebook page.


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Published On: February 28, 2017