RheumaBlog

Same dragon, different day.

May is National Arthritis Month, raising awareness among Americans of the various diseases and conditions that we know collectively as “arthritis.” They afflict more than 50 million adults in the U.S., and of those, more than half (about 27 million) have osteoarthritis (OA). Rheumatoid arthritis (which I prefer to call rheumatoid disease) affects just one-and-a-half …

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I’m excited! I’m attending the Joint Decisions Empowerment Summit in early November. This year it’s being held in Sausalito, California alongside the American College of Rheumatology Conference taking place in San Francisco at the same time. Sponsored by Creaky Joints and Janssen Biotech, the summit is an amazing gathering of the most inspiring, creative, caring, informed, and influential …

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I took a big step forward this week. For some time now I’ve yearned to start drawing and painting again. The talent I was born with is still with me, but it’s been decades since I’ve created anything beyond the occasional doodle. Since moving to our new apartment back in September of last year, I’ve …

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I’ve just got to tell you! I’ve reached an significant milestone in my long battle with the rheuma-dragon: wearing wrist braces. Wow! Earth-shaking, right? I know, I know. Pretty low on the excitement scale, isn’t it. But here’s the thing: I’ve tried using wrist braces in the past, and I’ve always ended up taking the miserable things …

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It’s one of those interesting autumn days when the sun and the clouds battle for dominance overhead. Indoors, the light from the windows shifts from yellow and warm to gray and cold, back and forth, back and forth. There’s a breeze that puffs up and moves the wind chimes enough to make zen-like notes that …

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One of the blogs I’ve come to deeply respect is Planet of the Blind, written by Stephen Kuusisto, who has been “blind” since he was born prematurely in the mid-1950s. I put the word blind into quotes because Kuusisto does have some vision. It’s just enough to allow him to see colors and shapes, “a …

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