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


How I Stay Positive With RA

It doesn't mean smiling through the pain and telling everyone you're OK.

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How I Use Gratitude to Live Well With RA

Taking time to be grateful for small things can make you feel better.

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Alternative Treatment

Taking CBD Oil for RA

CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant, and it's an increasingly popular alternative treatment for people with chronic pain from RA.


Rest Is Not a Four Letter Word

Behold the power of regular downtime in giving you the physical and mental stamina for your best RA life.

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Living With

Rheumatoid Arthritis Will Change Your Life. It Doesn't Have to Ruin It.

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.

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Your Must-Watch List of Disability-Friendly Movies

Hollywood fails miserably, often, when it comes to portraying disability. Here are some films that actually get it right.

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9 Things to Know About the Vectra DA Test for RA

The Vectra DA test is designed to measure how effective your rheumatoid arthritis medications are. Here’s how it works.

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What You Need to Know About RA and Pregnancy

Can you take your medication while pregnant? Will you pass RA to your baby? Will your condition get worse during pregnancy? Read on to learn the answers.

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Alternative Treatment

Why a Massage Might Help Your RA

Some people with rheumatoid arthritis think a massage will make their condition worse, but a good massage can actually reduce pain and improve joint function.

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About RA

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About RA

Don’t be shy—it’s important to know whether you can drink alcohol, which vaccines you can get, and even if you can have sex. Use this list as a starting point for questions to ask your doctor.