Cathy Kramer

Patient Expert

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 TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

Conditions Covered:Rheumatoid Arthritis

Latest by Cathy Kramer

Help Them, Help You: How to Help Your Doctor Diagnose and Treat Your RA Quicker

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.

Exercises for All Levels of RA

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.

My Secret Coping Mechanism for Dealing With RA

When RA pain creeps in, it’s hard to handle the rest of the world. That’s why this mom secretly turns to this coping mechanism.

6 Reasons Why You Should Go to an Advocacy Conference for Chronic Illness

Attending events like this can initially be intimidating. Writing and sharing your story via social media is one thing, but meeting the people who know intimate details of your life is another. However, there’s no benefit like making connections and ...

Good Sources of Vitamin D for RA

Three main sources of Vitamin D, including two delicious recipes that include good amounts of the vitamin that can help to lessen your disease activity.

Change Your Diet, Change Your Life With RA

If you’re looking for ways to control the inflammation that has taken over your body from RA, diet may be at the top of the list.

Caring for a Newborn When You Have RA: You Can Do It

Caring for a newborn is no easy feat in any situation, but when you have RA, it can be downright daunting. Moms who have RA speak candidly — and tell you it is possible.

Feeling Sexy When You're Hurting

Let’s be honest, feeling sexy in the traditional sense of done-up hair, makeup, and sexy lingerie is most likely a low priority when your body is in pain. Reassess what “sexy” means with a chronic illness by adapting these five tips.

Why Don't They Understand What I Am Going Through?

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

My Maturing Relationship With RA

From the time of diagnosis to years and year later, your relationship with rheumatoid arthritis evolves many times. How to change your view of living with RA to be more positive.