Anna Legassie

Patient Expert

Anna wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Latest by Anna Legassie

How to Make Your Office RA-Friendly

A big part of making your office RA-friendly is to make sure you have a lot of these items on hand so you’re not constantly lugging them back and forth to the office. A big, heavy, burdensome bag can make trekking into the office dreadful. But these ...

RA Friendly Baking Projects

As an athlete, I exist in an almost constant struggle between eating as clean as possible, and my overwhelming desire to bake (and eat!) treats by the dozen. I spend hours every weekend looking for healthy-ish cookies to bake, but they all fall world...

Hot Weather and Pain

Changing seasons can make managing a chronic illness like RA even more challenging than it already is – with falling or rising temperatures aggravating joints or causing flares. Here are 10 tips on how best to manage your RA as the temperatures rise. ...

Healing Scars: Finding My Way Back to Whole

I had both of my hips replaced when I was 14 years old. It was my freshmen year in high school, and I had two surgeries: one in February and one in May. After an extensive recovery, it was almost Labor Day before I was able to go to the beach for the ...

Tracker Apps to Help You Stay Healthy

Stay on top of your water intake, relax, and rewire bad habits—all things that are essential to managing chronic pain. These three apps keep track, so you don’t have to.

How Do You Define Yourself?

RA Patient? Advocate? Salsa Dancer? Here’s how I redefined myself as an athlete with RA.

How Float Therapy Can Help Chronic Pain and Illness

Disconnect from the world in a peaceful tank of balmy water. Many swear by it to ease pain, insomnia, and other ailments.

Welcoming the Bionic Woman to the HealthCentral RA Team

Hey #ChronicLife FriendsBy now many of you have already read my Top 10 #ChronicLife Relationship Tips, so it’s time for an introduction. I’m Anna Legassie your newest Rheumatoid Arthritis patient expert. I was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Rheumat...

My Top 10 #ChronicLife Relationship Tips

Relationships are hard work, but when one partner has a chronic illness it can be difficult to nurture the relationship on top of managing pain and other symptoms. As we celebrate love in the month of February, I’m happy to share with you my tips for ...