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11 Things To Bring To Your First Appointment With A Rheumatologist

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Female doctor writing a prescription.
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White flower growing on crack street.
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Hope and courage


Woman writing down notes.
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Medical history


Person going through paperwork
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Test results


Woman reading while waiting.
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Reading material and snacks


Friends smiling and hugging.
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A friend


Stethoscope on a medical book.
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A medical dictionary


Wall of hats.
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Your advocate hat


Patients in a waiting room.
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Patience


Question mark on green background.
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List of questions


Cheerleaders with pom-poms.
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Team spirit


Man laughing.
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A sense of humor


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.