The Month Ahead: Enjoying Summer with Chronic Illness

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July is when summer settles in here in the northern hemisphere. Long, lazy days of hot -- sometimes too hot -- weather. The sounds of kids playing, fireworks on the Fourth of July, and the smell of baking asphalt and barbecue smoke. Quintessential summer, engaging all the senses!

July is about freedom, independence, and indulging the child inside you. We have some great plans to help you enjoy this season as unhampered as possible by your chronic illness.

Anna will talk about the healing powers of the beach and I’ll look at throwing yourself into summer activities when you have some physical limitations.

Britt has been having a hard time lately, which has interfered with her ability to write articles. We hope that she’s feeling well enough to get back to writing this month, especially because she has a really great topic planned. Stay tuned for that surprise!

Are you concerned that you might not be able to enjoy summer because of your chronic illness? The little things might be tripping you up. Marianna will take a look at how small things can get in the way, but can also make a positive difference in life.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to take a vacation from your chronic illness? Alas, it’s a partner in your life, no matter what you do. We also have some posts planned that deal with the nitty-gritty of RA, as well as finding a way to using it to make a positive difference.

I’ll take a look at the connection between tuberculosis and biologics, and what to do to stay healthy. Leslie has recently had a reminder of what it’s like to flare after a long period of disease inactivity and will tell you how she’s coping with that.

July is also Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts, what with Anna, Britt, and myself all living with juvenile arthritis. Kids get arthritis, too, and we will be talking about that on social media, including our Facebook Page, this month.

So many people in the RA community engage in arthritis education and awareness and lately, pharmaceutical companies do as well. It’s an interesting shift that’s happened over the last few years. In her second July post, Leslie will explore the role of Big Pharma in creating awareness and building support for those of us who live with arthritis.

What are your plans for summer? Is there something in particular you’d love to do, but think your chronic illness might get in the way? Connect with us on the RAHealthcentral Facebook page to talk about these topics and more!

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Lene writes the award-winning blogThe Seated View. She’s the author of Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain and7 Facets: A Meditation on Pain.

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