About Wren

Wren started out a graphic and fine artist. After serving for four years in the U.S. Air Force, she became a professional journalist, graphic designer, and photographer. Diagnosed with RA at 31, Wren eventually created RheumaBlog and became a patient advocate. She creates works of art with watercolors, colored pencils, and ink; reads voraciously; writes; and goes out of her way to look for the gifts life offers each and every day.

By Wren - November 17, 2017
The holidays are upon us again, so it must be time for those handy Holiday Hacks! Having rheumatoid disease (arthritis) isn’t for sissies, and the rush, hassle, and emotional stress of the... READ MORE

By Wren - November 14, 2017
One recent morning I stepped right into a little pile of dry autumn leaves as I left my apartment. The sound—crackly, crispy, whispery—brought me up short and suddenly, I wasn’t thinking of... READ MORE

By Wren - November 10, 2017
Starting a new drug treatment always makes me hopeful. But I’ve learned the hard way to be realistic. Most of us believe in our doctors. We believe the medicines they prescribe will... READ MORE

By Wren - September 19, 2017
Some drugs that treat rheumatoid disease may increase your risk for herpes zoster (shingles). What is shingles? That’s a sobering thought. Shingles (herpes zoster) is the hibernating virus left in our bodies... READ MORE

By Wren - September 13, 2017
A recent study carried out by researchers at the Dept. of Cardiology, Univ. Heart Centre in Zurich, Switzerland, showed that ibuprofen can cause a dangerous rise in blood pressure. According to an... READ MORE

By Wren - August 31, 2017
It’s the Year 2017. Why hasn’t medical science developed a serious, real, safe, non-addictive alternative to opioids to relieve chronic pain–I’m including the pain caused by rheumatoid disease? Well, as it turns... READ MORE

By Wren - August 23, 2017
What happens when your pain from rheumatoid disease gets too big to handle? What can you do when your go-to tools, such as heat/ice; distraction; meditation; CBT; gentle exercise; various lotions and... READ MORE

By Wren - August 17, 2017
Most of you have gotten to know me as a writer here at RheumatoidArthritis.net. I do love writing—so much so that I’ve been lucky enough to make a long career in journalism... READ MORE

By Wren - August 9, 2017
It was 1989. I was living in a smallish city on the North Sea in Northern Germany with my little daughter and my Air Force husband. I had a full-time Army Public... READ MORE

By Wren - July 25, 2017
I believe the two most disheartening words you can hear from a doctor are “chronic pain.” As in “You have chronic pain.” Or worse, “You just have chronic pain.” This was what... READ MORE

By Wren - July 18, 2017
I’ve had a good day. I’ve run errands, maneuvering miles through heavy traffic to the bank, to the grocery store, and back home to put everything away; then Mom’s hair appointment, a... READ MORE

By Wren - June 6, 2017
Discovering that you have rheumatoid disease is a life-changer. First, isn’t all this weird joint pain something that only old people have to deal with? Arthritis—sheesh! Break out the stinky deep-heat ointment... READ MORE

By Wren - May 31, 2017
Just when I think I’m safe, it happens again. Here I am, happily munching chips and allowing myself to wallow in the Internet rabbit-hole when out of the blue, I’m staring at... READ MORE

By Wren - May 22, 2017
May is National Arthritis Month, raising awareness among Americans of the various diseases and conditions that we know collectively as “arthritis.” They afflict more than 50 million adults in the U.S., and... READ MORE

By Wren - May 11, 2017
I turned off the dryer and reached in, burying my hands in the deep-heated load of towels that had just finished the dry cycle. Oh, that felt so good! For a long... READ MORE

By Wren - April 26, 2017
If you have rheumatoid disease, chances are good that someone, somewhere, has suggested that changing your diet somehow might make everything all better. It might have been your mother. Or an aunt.... READ MORE

By Wren - April 17, 2017
Lidocaine is friendly. It’s a topical (used on the skin) anesthetic that relieves/prevents pain by numbing the nerves in the areas it’s applied to. As an injection, it prevents local pain during... READ MORE

By Wren - April 14, 2017
I know. That headline sounds nuts. Who needs to know what to do when she feels good? What can’t you do when you feel good? When you have rheumatoid disease, isn’t feeling... READ MORE