Lene Andersen, MSW

Patient 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, She is also one of HealthCentral's Live Bold, Live Now heroes — watch her incredible journey of living with RA.

Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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How I Deal With RA Brain Fog

In medspeak, brain fog is called cognitive impairment, and it can be way more disruptive than you realize.

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What Disability Pride Means to Me

Our writer weighs in on Disability Pride Month and shares one of the easiest ways everyone can learn to be a stronger ally.

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My Body Can Beat Your Weather Radar

Science may not support a strong connection between weather and symptom flares, but ask anyone with chronic pain: It’s a thing.

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Get Motivated to Do Just About Anything (With RA or Not)

The pandemic rages on, and life is still far from normal. If you're struggling to rev back up, this advice will help.

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Living Well With Chronic Illness Is a Full-Time Job

Lene Andersen breaks down the hidden work of living with rheumatoid arthritis, including hours spent on the phone with insurance companies and time spent poring over the latest research about her disease.

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You Can Run a Small Business With RA

It's not easy (what biz is?!), but the reward is building a career that works around your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Mother's Day pain

How Someone Who Can't Have Children Feels About Mother's Day

It hurts, but it helps to hold fast to the children in my life who love me like another mom.

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Dear Loved Ones: This Is What RA Feels Like

Rheumatoid arthritis is more than painful joints. Here’s how it can change your life and why support is so necessary.


My Name is Lene, and I'm at High Risk for COVID-19

My rheumatoid arthritis puts me in danger of developing serious complications from COVID-19. It’s a really scary place to be.

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Let's Commit to More Kindness in the RA Community

We all benefit when we lift each other up and avoid comparing our own RA experiences with someone else's.