Tag Archives: ” arthritis

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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The Role of Facebook Communities in Social Participation for Persons with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Content Analysis

Below you will find the research poster my colleague Kristin Jones, OTR/L and myself presented at the American OT Association’s annual conference and the Washington OT Conference. We also presented a version of this research at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy … 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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10 Years with Rheumatoid Arthritis: What’s the Impact?

I recently realized that I have lived with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for ten years, or roughly a third of my life!  In that time I’ve graduated college, travelled to 12 different countries, lived in 3 states and travelled to/through over … Continue reading

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Arthritis Humor and the Therapeutic Powers of Laughter and Social Media

Last week I started a GIF and photo-based Tumblr blog called “Arthritis Humor.“  My goal for this blog is to help patients with autoimmune arthritis (and other chronic illnesses) transcend their experiences via humor, and feel less alone by connecting to others … Continue reading

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Shopping with Arthritis: My favorite pain-reducing shoes

When people find out that I have rheumatoid arthritis (also known as autoimmune arthritis),I’m often asked how I’m able to swing dance and what shoes I find are most comfortable.  As part of the blog carnival “Non-medical ways to ease … Continue reading

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