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Cathy Kramer

Patient Advocate

Cathy Kramer has been married longer than not and is a mom to two young adults plus an aging border collie. She splits her days/nights between two community colleges as an ESL/ABE instructor. She is a strong believer in gratitude and attempts to leave a smile everywhere she goes. Cathy shares her positive voice as an advocate in the rheumatoid arthritis (RA), chronic illness, and self-care communities. Her ongoing journey with RA can be found on her blog The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo. She often hangs out @cateepoo88 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Cathy is also a Social Ambassador for the RAHealthCentral Facebook page: facebook.com/RAHealthCentral.

Latest by Cathy Kramer

A family at the airport watching planes take off.
Living With

Finding Support When Your Family Lives Far Away

Even if your family lives far away, these are some of the ways they can still offer support for your chronic illness.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:  Why Don't They Understand What I Am Going Through?
Relationships

How to Explain Rheumatoid Arthritis So Others Understand

The things that family, friends, and coworkers can say that are hurtful, and leave us wondering how they don’t understand.

woman flexing bicep
Living With

Take Charge of Your RA so It Won't Take Charge of You

Our RA may not be going anywhere soon, but it doesn't have toown us. Here are some practical ways to keep your RA in check so it doesn’t control your life.

Woman applying makeup with towel wrapped around her head
Beauty

Getting Ready With RA: 8 Easy Beauty and Style Tips

These hair and makeup tricks can help reduce your risk of a rheumatoid-arthritis flare.

woman making bed
Living With

RA Hacks for Household Chores

A day of decluttering can lead to pain and fatigue if you have RA. Use these tips to make household duties less likely to end in a flare.

Friends Riding Bicycles In A City
Living With

You’re More Than Your RA

These five habits can help you live the life you want after diagnosis

Happy woman walking in the woods listening to music.
Living With

That RA Body is Rockin'

Having a positive body image with RA is tricky when you don't feel great about the way your joints look and feel. But it is possible to love your body. You just need to embrace a different view of what you see in the mirror.

A circle of hands linked in support.
Living With

Is Pain a Requirement for Getting RA Support?

Do you feel sheepish about sharing your happy moments with your peers in the RA community? Our RA stories may be different, but we share one thing in common: We all need support.

Woman exercising at gym.
Living With

RA Workout Tips That Won’t Start a Flare

You know you should exercise to help your RA, but how do you start a program without killing your joints? It’s possible. Here’s how.

Woman tracking her RA symptoms on her smartphone.
Technology

There's an App for That — Including Your RA

Life with rheumatoid arthritis is all over the map. Try these tools and apps to track your symptoms, so you can report them to your doctor.