Navigating Life with RA

  • Red Eye – Not Always An Overnight Flight
    Complications of rheumatoid arthritis extend beyond the joints. RA can affect the lungs, blood vessels, eyes, bones, and more. Fortunately my RA has been centered around my joints with very little bone... READ MORE
  • Flare-triggers
    Recently Mom asked me to pull her electric toothbrush apart so she could replace the batteries. Normally she does this herself, but she broke her right wrist in late June. The task... READ MORE
Red Eye – Not Always An Overnight Flight
Complications of rheumatoid arthritis extend beyond the joints. RA can affect the lungs, blood vessels, eyes, bones, and more. Fortunately my RA has been centered around my joints with very little bone... READ MORE
Here’s how my mornings begin: I move suddenly from restless sleep to restless wakefulness. Instead of being warm and comfortable, wishing I didn’t have to get out of my soft cocoon, I’m... READ MORE

Rheumatoid disease (arthritis) has a secret symptom. It’s one that’s never mentioned by doctors or in medical texts in books or on the Internet, but it ought to be. In fact, I... READ MORE

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I’ve been jousting with my old rheuma-dragon for decades, now. You’d think he couldn’t surprise me anymore. But he has, many times, and that crafty, snaggle-toothed old wyrm recently did it again.... READ MORE

I’m amazed when I stop and think about how many “assistive devices” I now have in my life. I’m not talking about canes, crutches, or walkers (although I own all of those... READ MORE

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OK, this is something we’ve really got to talk about. Yes, it’s a bit awkward; it’s the kind of thing we usually don’t discuss in polite company. But if you’ve got rheumatoid... READ MORE


“I know you want to get back to work, but your full-time job right now is to get healthier,” I’ve said countless times as an occupational therapist working with people in rehabilitation... READ MORE