Rheumatoid Arthritis

What People with Rheumatoid Arthritis Wished You Knew

Frustrated relationship

Living with RA can be frustrating

Sick woman in bed

What RA feels like

Doctor asked female teen patient feels

Not a disease of the elderly

Heart pain

Not just about the joints

Rain jacket

Life with RA is unpredictable

Consoling her depressed Boyfriend

We don't make it up

Change of plan

Plans will be cancelled

Below view of female scientist looking through a microscope

A cure is not simple

Depression in teenagers

RA changes you

Young couple in wheelchair enjoying time outdoors

We are all different

Happy couple smile

You learn to cope

Lene  Andersen, MSW

Lene Andersen, MSW


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, She is also one of HealthCentral's Live Bold, Live Now heroes — watch her incredible journey of living with RA.