Category Archives: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posts about Rheumatoid Arthritis

To my Chronic Illness Medical Team…

Note: This was originally written as guest blog post for CreakyJoints, a patient advocacy and education site that focuses on arthritis and related conditions.  There is no finish line. You won’t walk out of the operating room in a moment … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Arthritis Gadgets/Approaches that Help During Pregnancy and Pregnancy Gadgets/Approaches that Help for Arthritis

Throughout the last 9 months of my pregnancy, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to note that many of the gadgets and approaches that are recommended for arthritis can also be helpful for pregnant women. Conveniently, many of the strategies and gadgets … Continue reading

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