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.

Cathy is also a Social Ambassador for the RAHealthCentral Facebook page.

Conditions Covered:Rheumatoid Arthritis

Latest by Cathy Kramer

When Cold Weather Hits, Help Your RA First

If you live in a cold climate, preparing for winter might mean purchasing a pair of warm boots, salt for the driveway, and snow tires. But if you have RA, you'll want to know these tips to prevent flares and care for your body when the temperature drops.

To Live Your Best Life With RA, Practice Gratitude

It's easy to get caught up in the pain and fear of the unknown when you're living with rheumatoid arthritis. Practicing gratitude can improve your mental game by allowing you to see a world outside of RA. Here's how to do it!

There's an App for That — Including Your RA

Life with rheumatoid arthritis is all over the map. One day, your knees are screaming in pain, the next, it’s your hands and shoulders. Here are some tools to track your symptoms so you can report them to your doctor.

How to Live When You’re in RA Limbo

If you’re lucky enough to reach a point when your RA meds are working wonderfully, and you’re not seeing any side effects of the chronic condition, you can either live with arms wide open, or in constant fear of its return. Your choice.

Cooking With RA: Enlist Your Family's Help

When you have RA, hearing "What's for dinner?" can be a daunting question — but it doesn't have to be. Make cooking as a family an "all hands on deck" event.

When You're Ready to Return to Your Full-Time Job

Sometimes you have to take some time off from your full-time job when RA becomes a full-time job in itself. When you're ready to go back, it can be daunting — but don’t worry, we're there for you.

Walk With Me, Heal With Me

It may seem so simple and basic, but going on a morning, afternoon, or evening walk can make such a difference in your RA — physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Recruit Your Kids For Your Health Team

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.

Juggling Mom Life, RA, and The Guilt That Comes With It

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.

It's Like Riding a Bike — Except With RA

If you're itching to get back into a childhood favorite activity like riding a bike (literally), but you’re timid because of your RA, take a note from Cathy who has done it — with success.