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Coping With Being Judged by Others Because You Have RA

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Unhappy woman overhearing coworkers gossiping about her.
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Doctor disbelieving a patient.
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Doctor disbelief


Child having her wrist wrapped by a doctor.
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RA can hit at any age


Exhausted woman sitting on a couch.
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Systemic impact of RA


Distressed man sitting on the floor and looking at his phone.
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Bullying is real


Handicapped parking space.
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Judging a disability by its visibility


Scared woman hiding in an office cubicle.
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Workplace harassment


Woman putting on makeup in the mirror.
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Pretty rough


Family members arguing on a couch.
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Family foibles


Woman choosing which direction to go.
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RD or RA?


One orange butterfly standing out in a group of blue butterflies.
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Coping with judgments


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.