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Karen Lee Richards

Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide

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Co-Founder of the National Fibromyalgia Assn.

September 2014: Chronic Pain Awareness Activities

September is Pain Awareness Month and a number of chronic pain organizations are sponsoring events and activities to help spread the word about chronic pain and the toll it takes on the lives of those who suffer with it.   There was a time – not too long ago – when people living with chronic pain were pretty much on their own.... Read moreChevron
Lisa Emrich

Lisa Emrich, Health Guide

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Musician, Patient Advocate, Author of 'Brass and Ivory' blog, and Founder of the 'Carnival of MS Bloggers'

What Can I Do to Help my Loved One Who is Depressed or Suicidal?

With the shocking news last month that actor Robin Williams killed himself, many people in the country who had not been familiar with the dangers of depression may now realize that deep depression can lead to deadly actions. Depression does not discriminate, depression can make people feel hopeless, and depression can drive someone to killing... Read moreChevron
Marianna Paulson

Marianna Paulson, Health Guide

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

Stress, It's in You To Change

Have you considered the role that stress plays in your life with RA? Through my own journey with RA, I learned that stress had a starring role - it was an unlikeable lead character. Are you ready to move stress off center stage?   How much time do you spend immersed in negative thoughts and emotions? It's pretty easy to slip into a boatload... Read moreChevron
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RA, Physical Trauma, and Healing

I still remember the date and time of my injury.  It was April 2nd, at 4:30 in the morning.  I had awakened and was making my way downstairs for some pain medication.   I didn’t switch on the light.  I didn’t give myself a moment to clear my head.  I was half sleep-walking down the stairs that lead from my... Read moreChevron
Leslie Rott

Leslie Rott, Health Guide

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Sociology graduate student living with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis

RA Stigma Is Related to Myths

There are several myths regarding RA that help lead to the stigma surrounding the disease.    Myth: Arthritis is just aches and pains.  When people hear the word arthritis, they often think simply of aches and pains. Usually, they don’t think about other issues RA can cause. They don’t know the realities of the... Read moreChevron

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