Emil DeAndreis

Patient Expert

Emil DeAndreis is a baseball coach, and an English professor at College of San Mateo. His memoir, Hard To Grip, chronicles his journey of losing a professional baseball career to rheumatoid arthritis. He lives in San Francisco with his wife. Follow along with Emil on Twitter.

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

Latest by Emil DeAndreis

My Surprising Weekend With RA Advocacy and Hardcore Hiking

Sometimes, talking about living with RA and the pain and vulnerabilities that accompany it can be just as daunting as hiking a mountain — literally. Emil takes you on a journey of both, and how he overcame his figurative and literal mountains.

Yoga for RA: Yes, Way

If you thought yoga was out of the question, read this interview with a yoga instructor who has RA, and talks you through exactly how it can be done — and even help your stiff joints.

Espinacas con Garbanzos: Delicious RA-Friendly Dish

You don’t have to travel to Spain to have this delicious Mediterranean dish, which is a win-win for people living with RA due to its inflammatory-fighting ingredients.

Dive in, Joints First

Your joints will rejoice when you submerge into a heated pool. Add in some aqua aerobics and you have yourself a low-impact, joint-soothing exercise for RA.

Meet Your New Favorite Side Dish: RA-Friendly Sweet Potatoes

This sweet potato recipe incorporates many ingredients known to help alleviate inflammation in people with RA, such as ginger, turmeric, and parsley. Oh, and it’s delicious, so it’s a win-win.

Should You Do the Whole30 Diet for Your RA?

One of our RA writers went on the Whole30 diet and shares all about how it affected his RA. Hint: it helped.

Five Reasons to See Your Rheumatologist More Often

If you feel ‘okay,’ it’s easy to avoid going to your rheumatologist — especially when you’re afraid of what they might say. Here’s why you should pull up your bootstraps and go.

HealthCentral Tries It: Kickboxing With RA

One of our very own RA patient contributors tries kickboxing and finds out that you can 100 percent do kickboxing with RA.

Finding Your Athletic Side Again After RA

How to get your fitness groove back after RA seemingly takes it.

Why Your Friendship Means So Much To Me

Living with RA has its challenges – but friendship genuinely helps.