Cathy Kramer

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:

Latest Articles by Cathy Kramer

Woman bundled up while outside during winter
Rheumatoid Arthritis

When Cold Weather Hits, Help Your RA First

If you live with rheumatoid arthritis, prepare for winter by following these tips to prevent flares and care for your body when the temperature drops.

A couple runs together on treadmills.
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Exercises for All Levels of RA Pain

If rheumatoid arthritis pain makes it hard to get the exercise you need, try one of these RA exercises for every pain level.

Mother holding her newborn baby's hands.
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Caring for a Newborn When You Have RA

Caring for a newborn when you have rheumatoid arthritis can seen downright daunting. These moms with RA speak candidly — and tell you it is possible.

A family at the airport watching planes take off.
Rheumatoid Arthritis

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?
Rheumatoid Arthritis

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
Rheumatoid Arthritis

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
Rheumatoid Arthritis

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.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

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.