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Recruit Your Kids For Your Health Team

We're not kidding — your kids can be a vital part of keeping your energy up and pain levels at bay. Trying to do it all — care for children, grocery shop, cook, and clean — is most likely more than you alone can accomplish. So enlist their help — we'll tell you how.

By Cathy Kramer

Juggling Mom Life, RA, and The Guilt That Comes With It

When your child, no matter the age, needs you and you can’t provide because your RA is holding you down, it is hard to not feel guilty. Pile on the fact that RA is hereditary, and you’re left shouldering a world of guilt. You’re not alone.

By Cathy Kramer

Surviving Summer When Your Kids Are Out of School — And You Have RA

What in the world are you going to do with them all day? First things first, set expectations. Then, remember that it’s okay to do nothing all day. Pajamas all day, homemade forts, and cookies sound amazing.

By Cathy Kramer

How Someone Who Can’t Have Children Feels About Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day of celebration — but for those who can’t bear children because of a chronic condition, it can be a bit of a dreadful day.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Married to Chronic Illness

A candid interview between a woman with RA, and her husband.

By Cathy Kramer

Fierce Mom on a Mission: A Profile of Paula Fitzgibbons

A mom of three talks about living with RA, how her children adjust to her chronic illness, and how she helps them cope with their own.

By Lene Andersen, MSW