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
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CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant, and it's an increasingly popular alternative treatment for people with chronic pain from RA.
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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.
Hollywood fails miserably, often, when it comes to portraying disability. Here are some films that actually get it right.
The Vectra DA test is designed to measure how effective your rheumatoid arthritis medications are. Here’s how it works.
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.
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.
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.