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Rheumatoid Arthritis

What People with Rheumatoid Arthritis Wished You Knew

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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

@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.