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Add a Mental Health Professional to Your Care Team

Coping with a chronic illness, like RA, can take an emotional toll. You don’t have to go it alone. Here’s how a mental health professional can help.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

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

6 Reasons Why You Should Go to an Advocacy Conference for Chronic Illness

Attending events like this can initially be intimidating. Writing and sharing your story via social media is one thing, but meeting the people who know intimate details of your life is another. However, there’s no benefit like making connections and ...

By Cathy Kramer

Don't Judge Me Because I Have RA

Whether it’s by doctors, friends, colleagues, or even your closest family, their words can hurt when they just don’t understand what it’s like to live with RA.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Dating Sites for People With Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness and looking for love? Check out these sites that were made just for you — plus some advice on how to navigate them.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Feeling Sexy When You're Hurting

Let’s be honest, feeling sexy in the traditional sense of done-up hair, makeup, and sexy lingerie is most likely a low priority when your body is in pain. Reassess what “sexy” means with a chronic illness by adapting these five tips.

By Cathy Kramer

Why Don't They Understand What I Am Going Through?

The things that family, friends, and coworkers can say that are hurtful, and leave us wondering how they don’t understand.

By Cathy Kramer

Judgemental Comments Hurt: Not All RA Is The Same

Just because you can walk, run, or have children, doesn’t mean your RA is obsolete. Everyone with RA is welcome in this community, no matter the severity.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Confronting RA by Getting Back on The Bike

The story of Randy Headrick and how a motorcross accident kickstarted his journey to living with RA.

By Pamela Kaufman

Be Gentle With RA Newbies

When you’ve had RA for many years, it can be hard to remember what it’s like for a newbie. Here are some tips for supporting them.

By Cathy Kramer