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.
Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW
The pandemic rages on, and life is still far from normal. If you're struggling to rev back up, this advice will help.
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.
It's not easy (what biz is?!), but the reward is building a career that works around your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
It hurts, but it helps to hold fast to the children in my life who love me like another mom.
Rheumatoid arthritis is more than painful joints. Here’s how it can change your life and why support is so necessary.
My rheumatoid arthritis puts me in danger of developing serious complications from COVID-19. It’s a really scary place to be.
We all benefit when we lift each other up and avoid comparing our own RA experiences with someone else's.
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.