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It Doesn't Have to Be Awkward: 4 Ways to Be Friends With My Chronic Illness

Ankylosing spondylitis is a full-time job and flares are unpredictable. Including me in your plans, even if I have to cancel, helps me feel welcome. Here are 4 ways you can support me and my illness.

By Charis Hill

Household Chore Hacks for RA

A day of decluttering can lead to pain and fatigue if you have RA. Use these tips to make household duties less likely to end in a flare.

By Cathy Kramer

10 Crohn's Diets: How (And If) They Work

Plant-based? Gluten-free? Keto? While no single diet has been successfully proven to control Crohn’s, here’s what we do know about how popular diets may affect your health.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

3 Tips for Dining Out With Crohn’s Disease

Eating at restaurants with Crohn's doesn't have to be a nightmare. Follow these tips to stop IBD from getting in the way of a good time.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Is Pain a Requirement for Getting RA Support?

Do you feel sheepish about sharing your happy moments with your peers in the RA community? Our RA stories may be different, but we share one thing in common: We all need support.

By Cathy Kramer

Genes and Longevity: How Long Is Your 'Healthspan' Destined to Be?

As the global population ages, researchers conducted a study to get a better understanding of the biology behind aging and healthspan, healthy life expectancy.

By Diane Domina

Good Morning, Stiff Joints! Let’s Have a Better Day

A good night’s sleep is great for your RA, but that long period of inactivity can mean waking with stiff, sluggish-to-move joints. Try these tricks for easing morning stiffness, giving you a jump start to your day.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

How to Get a Great RA Care Team

You can't go it alone, so it helps to have a team of health experts, from doctors to physical therapists, helping keep you afloat with rheumatoid arthritis.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Meet MJ, The Former Mommy Blogger Who Now Writes About Ankylosing Spondylitis

In her new blog: “Kicking Hoops and Shooting Goals,” MJ Rowan captures the daily irony and flow of living with AS and fibromyalgia — both of which she has. MJ crafts an irresistible story you almost certainly cannot stop reading mid-paragraph.

By Charis Hill

When Your Partner Has MS

Multiple sclerosis is a life-altering condition — it's not just going to alter your partner's life, it's going to alter yours, too. However, that doesn't mean it's the end of life and your relationship as you know it. Find ways to be a supportive partner, while keeping your spark alive.

By Lisa Emrich