Lene Andersen, MSWPatient Advocate
Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer living in Toronto. Lene (pronounced Lena) has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was four years old and uses her experience to help others with chronic illness. She has written several books, including Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain, and 7 Facets: A Meditation on Pain, as well as the award-winning blog, The Seated View.
Lene serves on HealthCentral's Health Advocates Advisory Board, and is a Social Ambassador for the RAHealthCentral on Facebook page, facebook.com/rahealthcentral. She is also one of HealthCentral's Live Bold, Live Now heroes — watch her incredible journey of living with RA.
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Truly coming to terms with a chronic diagnosis like rheumatoid arthritis isn't something that happens only once. It's something you'll do over and over again.
A good night’s sleep is great for your RA, but that long period of inactivity can mean waking with stiff, sluggish-to-move joints. Try these tricks for easing morning stiffness, giving you a jump start to your day.
Setting three tiny personal goals each month—instead of one huge one for the entire year—allows room for setbacks and restarts that keep you moving forward.
Smiling through the pain might make small talk with others easier, but no one’s giving out Oscars for denying your truth.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are not the same conditions. Know the differences so you can seek the right treatment.
After an RA diagnosis, you may have to tweak your life expectations, but you don’t have to lower them. You’re capable of much more than you know.
Find out what chronic disease is costing American women — in finances and life — and what we can do to prevent it.
You could ditch it all-together, but on days when you need a supportive bra, here are some ways to make wearing a bra work with your rheumatoid arthritis.
An RA diagnosis doesn't place you in the role of the "patient" in your romantic relationships. It's time for us—and the rest of the world—to start believing that.