Lene Andersen, MSW

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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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Self Care

5 Meditation Tips for Beginners

These meditation tips will help you stick with your practice and cope with your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, too.

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Diagnosis

Is My Arthritis Pain Age-Related or Something More?

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are not the same conditions. Know the differences so you can seek the right treatment.

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Living With

When a Bra is Necessary — But Painful — Try These Tips

You could ditch it all-together, but on days when you need a supportive bra, here are some ways to make wearing a bra work with your rheumatoid arthritis.

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Support Systems

Yes, You Need Help for Your RA, but You Are Not Helpless

There is no maximum number of ‘asks’ when it comes to needing help from a loved one, so why does it often feel uncomfortable to make yet another request?

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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.

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Stress

All This Stress Can't Be Good for My RA

Untreated RA combined with chronic stress is a double whammy that contributes to a risk of heart disease. Some say stress also contributes to their RA flares. Here’s what to know about stress and how to get a handle on it.

Woman looking for a job online.
Living With

Find the Right Job for Your RA

If you’re hunting for a job with RA, you’ll need to adjust your search criteria. But take heart, the right fit is out there.

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Diagnosis

A Mail-in RA Test is on the Market: Does It Work?

There’s a blood test for rheumatoid arthritis that you can take in the comfort of your own home, but is the diagnosis reliable? Here’s how it works and why you may still want to see your doctor.

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Bone Density

What to Know About RA’s Link to Osteoporosis

Having RA increases your risk of getting osteoporosis and suffering fractures from it. Here’s what you need to know.

Vagus nerve stimulation.
Treatment

Can This 'Pacemaker for the Brain" be a Cure for RA?

A device that gives small electrical stimulations to the brain could eliminate the need for RA medications in some people, but will it take the disease away entirely? A rheumatology expert weighs in on vagus nerve stimulation.