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A Beginner's Guide to RA: How to Be a Self-Advocate

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Kick stress in your life concept.
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Self-advocacy can reduce stress


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Question: You have just been diagnosed with RA. What do you do now?


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Answer: Learn everything you can for better treatment


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Consider your own needs when finding a rheumatologist


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Question: How do you find your voice with your doctor?


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Answer: Be assertive with your healthcare team


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How to build assertiveness skills


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Question: Should you challenge your healthcare provider?


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Answer: Yes. It’s your life and your disease


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What is mindful non-adherence?


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To be a better self-advocate — practice


Lene  Andersen, MSW

Lene Andersen, MSW

@TheSeatedView

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer living in Toronto. Lene (pronounced Lena) has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was four years old and uses her experience to help others with chronic illness. She has written several books, including Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain, and 7 Facets: A Meditation on Pain, as well as the award-winning blog, The Seated View.

Lene serves on HealthCentral's Health Advocates Advisory Board, and is a Social Ambassador for the RAHealthCentral on Facebook page, facebook.com/rahealthcentral. She is also one of HealthCentral's Live Bold, Live Now heroes — watch her incredible journey of living with RA.