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.
Conditions Covered:Rheumatoid Arthritis
We're not kidding — your kids can be a vital part of keeping your energy up and pain levels at bay. Trying to do it all — care for children, grocery shop, cook, and clean — is most likely more than you alone can accomplish. So enlist their help — we'll tell you how.
When your child, no matter the age, needs you and you can’t provide because your RA is holding you down, it is hard to not feel guilty. Pile on the fact that RA is hereditary, and you’re left shouldering a world of guilt. You’re not alone.
What in the world are you going to do with them all day? First things first, set expectations. Then, remember that it’s okay to do nothing all day. Pajamas all day, homemade forts, and cookies sound amazing.
More often than not, the RA community experiences a long road when it comes to getting a diagnosis. That road can be just as long when it comes to getting the right treatment. Here are the four steps you should take to speed along either process.
More and more it seems like people who live with RA are sharing snaps from their 5k run, or cycling class. But how, when others can barely get out of bed? There’s an exercise for all levels of RA – no matter how long you have or haven’t lived with the condition.