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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. Read more.

Figure holding comically large paintbrush looking at abstract painting

Art, Pain, and RA

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid disease/arthritis more than 30 years ago. As the disease has progressed, gone into remission and

Walking into Spring

I started walking for exercise not long after my 62nd birthday last fall. The number 62 alone was enough to

The PTSD of RA

So, I’m just making my bed, a small chore I do every single morning without much thought. Neatening my bedroom

Losing Again

Keeping my weight under control (if not as low as I’d like) has been an ongoing battle for me since

My RA Toolbox

My RA Toolbox

My hands were giving me some guff recently (as they do). I was wearing my favorite compression gloves already, I’d

Will it Get Worse?

That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? Will it get worse? Will this rheumatoid disease (arthritis) I’ve got, which has so

How Not to Get Sick

As the coldest, wettest, iciest, windiest part of the winter season blows in with a bone-chilling howl, I want to

Reading Resolution

Reading Resolution

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

This is Courage

This is courage: You get out of bed in the morning even though moving hurts like a you-know-what. You know

Pain is Like an Onion

 “It’s all very well telling me to ‘walk through the pain,’ to stay positive, but there are layers and layers