When life suddenly hands us a crisis it can be a lot to handle, especially if you are already juggling chronic illness. Getting through the disaster without completely toppling your health can be a huge challenge when life turns upside down.
Well, here I am again, putting off infusion because I’ve got an infection. If not for the fact that I just did that two weeks ago for a different infection, I might not be feeling so frustrated. But, here we are, frustration station once… Continue Reading “Infection Frustration”
Is it just me or was the holiday season we just slid through a bit on the challenging side this time around? Everyone I talk to seems to say the same, chaos and confusion were the theme of the season. The theme of my… Continue Reading “We Made It! (a holiday recovery plan)”
One of the keys to living a full, able life with ra is to lean on the available tools to make getting things done simpler. The energy saved not struggling to do the little things, is a precious resource, especially when you have a limited supply for the day. Leaning into arthritis tools means you will be able to do more, also precious when life can be a struggle.
I used to look at adaptive equipment and see it as a flashing neon sign, complete with an arrow pointing at the user (me), “This person is weak” the sign flashed, “can’t do normal things” it sometimes proclaimed. I avoided using tools made to… Continue Reading “Learning to Lean-How Adaptive Aids Improved My Life”
In a world where things are anything but simple, with a body that is anything but well behaved, its no surprise that stress plays a big part in the lives of most people with autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis. Between juggling responsibilities and fighting… Continue Reading “Stress and Chronic Illness”
There is no doubt about it, winter with arthritis can be rough. The following tips can make it more bearable.
You toss and turn, desperate for a comfortable position and much needed rest. The clock seems to taunt you as minutes turn to hours and still, sleep does not come. Not for lack of exhaustion, mind you, you are certain you could sleep for… Continue Reading “Are You Living with Painsomnia? Pain driven sleeplessness and you.”
It’s almost here! The most wonderful time of the year, or so the song says. If you have rheumatoid arthritis it may look more like a danger laden obstacle course than a time for joyous celebration. Filled with stress, commitments, and expectations, Christmas is… Continue Reading “Surviving Christmas With Rheumatoid Arthritis”
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