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Rheumatoid ArthritisLiving With

Challenges of Living with an Invisible Illness

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“Only old people have arthritis”


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“It’s all in your head”


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Education is exhausting


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Fatigue is not just about being tired


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“I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck”


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Pain is real but might not be constant


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Social isolation


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Handicap parking


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Disability


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“You’re just fat”


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To disclose or not to disclose


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.