Lene Andersen, MSW

Patient Expert

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.

Conditions Covered:Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pain Management, Arthritis & Joints

Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

A Good Doctor is Hard to Find

Finding a good rheumatologist is like dating: You may have to try a few before finding 'the one.'

Embrace a New You With RA One Month at a Time

Have you been putting off trying a new treatment or starting an RA-friendly diet? By trying one of these 12 changes each month, you’ll improve your life with RA in just one year.

Acupuncture Can Ease Your RA Burden

Could this traditional Chinese medicine practice help your modern-day RA? Here are some reasons to try it.

Add a Mental Health Professional to Your Care Team

Coping with a chronic illness, like RA, can take an emotional toll. You don’t have to go it alone. Here’s how a mental health professional can help.

What Others Don’t See of Your RA

You may be missing more days of work or backing out of social outings and those around you can’t understand why. Here are some reasons why RA can be an ‘invisible’ illness.

What are DMARDs and How Do They Help RA?

These drugs aim to slow down RA, and in ideal cases, they bring about remission.

Remission With RA: Is it Possible?

A rheumatology expert describes what remission really means for a person living with RA and how likely it is to achieve it.

What You Should Know About a New RA Blood Test

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

Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Reading List

Figuring out how to live well with rheumatoid arthritis can feel isolating. These 12 authors have been in your shoes and their books are incredibly helpful.

Expanding Your Resource Toolkit for RA

You can't go it alone, so it helps to have a team of health experts from doctors to physical therapists helping to keep you afloat with rheumatoid arthritis.