Twenty years ago, my family and I moved to Illinois. As I debated whether to purchase snow boots for my children, a friend laughed and said: “You are in Illinois now. There is always snow. Prepare yourself.” She was right. And as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) became a part of my life a few years later, her message of “prepare yourself” stayed with me. When cold weather hits an area, those of us with RA need to be ready. I have some tips for you on how to prepare.