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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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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How to Talk About Life With RA

Why the words we use to describe our life with chronic illness matter

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COVID Diary: The Kindness of Strangers

Lene shares surprising ways she's seen people looking out for the pandemic's most vulnerable.

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How to Listen to Your Body When You're Not on Speaking Terms

When your body serves up RA, it's understandable that you return the favor with silence. Here's how to get the convo started.

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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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Home Remedies for RA: Tart Cherries and Cherry Juice

Can you reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain and inflammation by eating tart cherries or drinking tart cherry juice? The evidence says yes!

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How to Manage RA Medication Side Effects

This post is the first in a series of Beginner’s Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis by Lene Andersen. Have a topic you’d like to see covered? Leave it in a comment The average person farts about 14 times a day. If you are on a medication for RA, you can p...