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Chocolate truffles.
Living With

My Secret Coping Mechanism for RA

When rheumatoid arthritis pain creeps in, it’s hard to handle the rest of the world. That’s when this mom indulges her guilty pleasure: chocolate truffles.

Notepad with vitamin d and pills on the table.
Supplements

Good Sources of Vitamin D for RA

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, make sure you're getting enough vitamin D through sunshine, supplements, and your diet.

Mother holding her newborn baby's hands.
Baby

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.

Older couple lying in bed, face to face.
Relationships

How to Feel Sexy When You're Hurting

Rheumatoid arthritis takes a toll on your body and your sex life. These 5 tips can help you connect with your lover despite your chronic condition.

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

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.

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Relationships

How to Have a Sex Life With RA

Rheumatoid arthritis can really complicate your sex life. Here's why honest communication with your partner is so important.

Baby taking her first steps.
Newly Diagnosed

Be Gentle With RA Newbies

When you’ve had RA for many years, it can be hard to remember what it’s like for a newbie. Here are some tips for supporting them.

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Living With

How to Find RA Support on Social Media

Social media is a great way to connect with others who share your experience with rheumatoid arthritis. Here's how to get started.

Cathy Kramer and her sister Stacey.
Living With

My Sister Helps Me Get Through Life With RA

We all have that one person who gets us through the tough spots in life. Since I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, my sister has always been there.

Gifts spilling out of a bag.
Living With

13 Self-Care Gifts to Soothe Chronic Illness

If you live with chronic illness, treat yourself this holiday by giving yourself the gift of self-care.