Friday, October 31, 2014

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Marianna Paulson

Marianna Paulson, Health Guide

Marianna has been living with rheumatoid arthritis for 35 years. RA has taught her to be flexible, even when her joints were not.

RA: Body Awareness Skills

The pain of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can run like hot lava throughout your body. It's the type of pain that seeps out of your joints, into your connective tissues, and organs, and blankets your BD life (before diagnosis) with a thick layer of ash.


Like the Phoenix, imagine yourself rising up out of... Read moreChevron

posted 10/31/2014, comments (0)|

wonderwoman, Community Member

mother and nanny, lover of people and God, love to help people

The Pain Train

Chronic pain is surely one of the most attention getting conditions around. It can't be ignored and chips away at the well being of your soul. I have been unable to find a balance of medication which will keep my pain low enough to ignore it. I am grateful for my local heated pool, although it is heavily booked and so hard to get into. My pain has... Read moreChevron
posted 10/30/2014, comments (0)|
Lene  Andersen

Lene Andersen, Health Guide

Writer, Advocate, Photographer

A Beginner’s Guide to RA: NSAIDs

Once you get a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the next thing that happens is usually that the doctor gives you a prescription for one or more medications. This can feel quite intimidating — what do the medications do? What about side effects? And wouldn’t it be better to not take pills? This is the first of a three-part... Read moreChevron

posted 10/29/2014, comments (0)|
Leslie Rott

Leslie Rott, Health Guide

Sociology graduate student living with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis

Beyond Illness: Coping With Loss

When I was diagnosed with lupus and RA in 2008, at the age of 22, I never imagined that anything worse could happen.  I’d hit my rock bottom, and life could only get better from there. 


But, unfortunately, life has gotten worse before it has gotten better. 


On August 11, 2014, my... Read moreChevron


Fighting Fatigue: Small Changes Can Make A Difference!

It is Sunday afternoon. Both televisions are tuned to football games.  Everyone is asleep in the house, except for me.  Even my little Toy Fox Pinscher is sleeping.  Sadie must be dreaming of running in a field or some other canine delight.  Her little... Read moreChevron

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