Leslie Rott

Leslie wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Latest by Leslie Rott

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Should You Discuss Chronic Illness at Work?

If you live with chronic illness, should you be open and honest about your condition at work? Find out who you should tell and how much you should disclose.

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10 Ways to Practice Self-Care During a Busy Life

Sometimes self-care goes out the window, despite our best efforts. We get too busy with school or work, our friends invite us to outings we really want to take part in, we over-schedule ourselves, or we simply overdo it, to the point where our body j...

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Flaring Again: Dealing with Symptoms After a Long Quiet Period

Unfortunately, an inevitable side effect of chronic illness can be denial. I’ve experienced a lot of major life events over the last three years: getting my PhD, moving to New York, my grandfather dying six months later, my dad dying six months after ...

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Maybe I Do Need a Rheumatologist, After All

Here's why it's important to see your rheumatologist, even if your rheumatoid arthritis seems under control.

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Big Pharma's Role in Arthritis Awareness and Education

It’s important for pharmaceutical companies to understand that they are in a unique position, with regard to both patients and the general public, when it comes to arthritis awareness and education.

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Can You Take Birth Control With RA?

Some types of birth control can cause complications with autoimmune diseases. Here's what you should know to make the decision that works for you.

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Don't Let Sun Sensitivity Ruin Your Summer

Summer time has become synonymous with “fun in the sun.” Not so much, though, if you are sensitive to the sun. For people with chronic illnesses, the sun’s ray’s can be problematic due to a variety of reasons ranging from things such as the disease i...

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How to Deal With Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue happens when caregivers and chronic illness advocates take on too much. Here are some tips to help you cope with it.

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Living With

10 Tips to Avoid Getting Sick at Work with RA

Are you living with rheumatoid arthritis and working at the same time? Use these tips to stay healthy at work with a compromised immune system.

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What Living with Two Chronic Conditions Has Taught Me

Lupus and RA have taught me about myself and they’ve also taught me about other people. They’ve taught me what I need and don’t need in my life, and about what is truly important.