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 - February 15, 2018
Sometimes, coping with rheumatoid disease (arthritis) makes me feel like singin’ the blues. I’m always caught by surprise when it happens because I’m a born optimist. It’s hard to get me down.... READ MORE

By Wren - February 4, 2018
As the coldest, wettest, iciest, windiest part of the winter season blows in with a bone-chilling howl, I want to talk to you about how to maintain overall wellness while living with... READ MORE

By Wren - January 25, 2018
As I’ve mentioned before, I dislike New Year’s resolutions. They’ve always struck me as another mental self-beating-in-the-making when I can’t live up to them. But I’ve been thinking about it, and maybe... READ MORE

By Wren - January 17, 2018
This is courage: You get out of bed in the morning even though moving hurts like a you-know-what. You know that your joint pain may be with you for the rest of... READ MORE

By Wren - January 12, 2018
 “It’s all very well telling me to ‘walk through the pain,’ to stay positive, but there are layers and layers of pain.” —hareinthemoon, The Chronic Pain Files   Pain does have layers.... READ MORE

By Wren - December 31, 2017
OK, everyone. Christmas is just behind us. Although it’s supposed to be a holiday filled with joy, giving, and cozy evenings playing checkers with family and friends, sipping hot cocoa around the... READ MORE

By Wren - December 26, 2017
A recent study, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, found that men with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are 47 percent more likely than those in the general population to... READ MORE

By Wren - December 18, 2017
In a recent op-ed in The Hill, a Washington, DC newspaper, Dr. Lynn Webster, MD, past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and the author of The Painful Truth stated,... READ MORE

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