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Wren

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.

Ending 2017 With Joy

OK, everyone. Christmas is just behind us. Although it’s supposed to be a holiday filled with joy, giving, and cozy

RA and COPD

A recent study, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, found that men with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Starting a new drug treatment always makes me hopeful. But I’ve learned the hard way to be realistic. Most of

A New Painkiller Danger

A recent study carried out by researchers at the Dept. of Cardiology, Univ. Heart Centre in Zurich, Switzerland, showed that
Art and Compromise

Art and Compromise

Most of you have gotten to know me as a writer here at RheumatoidArthritis.net. I do love writing—so much so

Weasel Words

I believe the two most disheartening words you can hear from a doctor are “chronic pain.” As in “You have

Triggers, Schmiggers

I’ve had a good day. I’ve run errands, maneuvering miles through heavy traffic to the bank, to the grocery store,
How Fat Affects RD

How Fat Affects RD

Just when I think I’m safe, it happens again. Here I am, happily munching chips and allowing myself to wallow

Joint Compassion

May is National Arthritis Month, raising awareness among Americans of the various diseases and conditions that we know collectively as
Coping With It

Coping With It

I turned off the dryer and reached in, burying my hands in the deep-heated load of towels that had just