Twenty years ago, half of newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis patients were physically disabled after the first four years of treatment and significant percentages of patients experienced high levels of depression and anxiety. In general, rheumatologists didn’t aggressively treat newly diagnosed patients and often recommended that... Read more
November marks the first annual Arts and Health Month, promoted as a time “for organizations and individuals worldwide to promote the integration of the arts—including literary, performing, and visual arts and design—into a wide variety of healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive... Read more
Asking whether you're thankful for fibromyalgia may sound like a ridiculous question. But I've found that being grateful for even the seemingly negative things in my life brings positive results.
Early on in my life with FM—during a particularly bad flare—it dawned on me that I could choose to be miserable or I could choose to... Read more
This summer, I had the opportunity and honor to be a part of the CreakyJoints Writing Group, Writing Your Life: Writing to Heal, lead by Lynn Lauber.
I had been looking for an in-person writing group for a long time and didn’t find one, especially one that dealt with writing specifically about illness.
When I heard about the... Read more
Once upon a time, a few years ago, I was in a bad place. As I think back upon that time, I remember Lene Andersen telling me that if you stare into the abyss long enough, it will start to stare back at you.
Lene was right, and I thank her for that revelation. Something happens to a person who endures extreme pain day after day... Read more