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Made With RA

Made With RA

The world isn't geared toward the chronically ill. We have to carve out our place. And after five decades of living with RA, columnist Lene Andersen has some things to say about that in her new column.

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A Very Personal Take on RA

The world isn't geared toward the chronically ill. Instead, we have to carve out our place. And after five decades of living with RA, our new columnist Lene Andersen has some things to say about that.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

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Rest Is Not a Four Letter Word

Behold the power of regular downtime in giving you the physical and mental stamina for your best RA life.

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.

By Lene Andersen, MSW
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How to Talk About Life With RA

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

By Lene Andersen, MSW
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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.

By Lene Andersen, MSW
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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.

By Lene Andersen, MSW
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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.

By Lene Andersen, MSW
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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.

By Lene Andersen, MSW
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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.

By Lene Andersen, MSW
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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.

By Lene Andersen, MSW
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Living Well With Chronic Illness Is a Full-Time Job

Lene Andersen breaks down the hidden work of living with rheumatoid arthritis, including hours spent on the phone with insurance companies and time spent poring over the latest research about her disease.

By Lene Andersen, MSW