Vanessa Collins

Patient Expert

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

Latest by Vanessa Collins

A man brings a care package to a friend with a chronic illness.

How to Help a Friend with Chronic Illness

Would you like to do something meaningful for a friend in pain, but don’t know what they need? Here are ten suggestions.

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Understanding People With RA

This open letter to the community offers insight for friends and family to better comprehend how RA affects someone’s life on a daily basis.

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Balancing The Benefits and Risks Of Steroid Injections

It may not seem as though winter is over, but Spring is officially here. It has been a long, cold winter season. I know we are all ready for some bright sunshine and yellow daffodils blowing in the breeze. Spring often spurs us to action… Out with th...

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Sero-Negative RA: Early Symptoms, Denial & Diagnosis

** **"You have Sero-negative RA," my new rheumatologist. Dr M said. She was mater-of-fact. No doubt in her voice or her demeanor. My reply was, "I know." I was strangely calm that day, May 10th, 2011. I had known in my heart for ...

Do Not Be Afraid To File For FMLA Protection

Do Not Be Afraid To File For FMLA Protection

The first thing I did was call Human Resources and ask how to go about filling FMLA paperwork.