Author Archives: Cheryl Crow

About Cheryl Crow

My punctuation mark of preference is, without a doubt, the exclamation point! Join me as I explore the wonderful worlds of: studying Occupational Therapy, gluten-free cooking/baking, swing dancing, photography, and living a full life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. There will be parenthetical tangents, there will be cake, there will be almost unbearable amounts of cuteness, but most of all…there will be enthusiasm. (!)

Parenting Without Pain: Dressing and Clothing Life Hacks

I am proud to be a guest blogger with the wonderful patient resource Creaky Joints. I am currently writing a series of posts on the topic of Parenting Without Pain. The posts will tackle how parents with arthritis or other painful joint … Continue reading

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Childhood Memories and Lessons that Influence my Work as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist: Part 1

While working with school-aged children, I often find myself reflecting on how I saw the world and what was important to me as a child. Accessing childhood memories helps me identify with a child’s perspective, even if that child has … Continue reading

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A New Way to interpret the “But You Don’t Look Sick” Response

I am happy to report that in addition to blogging here, I am now also blogging on the wonderful Creaky Joints website. Creaky Joints provides an invaluable forum for information sharing, support, and advocacy resources for persons with arthritis and related conditions. … Continue reading

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The Storm After the Calm: 8 Lessons Learned After A Tumultuous Postpartum Experience With Rheumatoid Arthritis

I was recently honored to be asked to share my pregnancy and postpartum journey with the popular and helpful website Autoimmune Mom. The full story can be found here. The post details my journey from a relatively tranquil pregnancy to a postpartum … Continue reading

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Why and How Do Pediatric Occupational Therapists Play Games?

Pediatric occupational therapists are often asked why we spend time “just” playing games with our clients. In addition to being engaging to children, games are powerful tools through which we work on a variety of skills including fine motor, visual-motor, gross motor, … Continue reading

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My Chronic Illness Playlist

While managing my autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis over the last 12 years, I’ve found music to be helpful in a variety of situations. Some songs help me calm down when I’m anxious, other songs allow me to just “be” in a sad moment, and some music … Continue reading

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Bringing Home Baby Without Breaking Your Body (or, “Shopping With Arthritis: Baby Care Items and Strategies”)

Despite infants’ diminutive size and stature, caring for a new baby is a very physical job! Many new parents and caregivers experience joint or muscle pain after repetitive stress caused by lifting, carrying, diapering, and holding their baby. It’s estimated … Continue reading

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