Disclosure

Disclosure

I always find it hard to figure out who should know about my rheumatoid arthritis. I think the biggest problem is that it is hard to determine who needs to know when you operate disclosure on a need to know basis. My current employer does not know about my condition. Sometimes I wonder if I …

Blaaah

Blaaah

One of the hardest things to deal with, no matter what chronic illness you have, is the effect it has on you emotionally. There are a lot of feelings of inferiority, especially if/when your body isn’t working properly at all. Yesterday at work, I kept dropping everything. The size and weight of the objects didn’t …

Healthcare

Healthcare

I’m going to go over some things that I heard last night in Obama’s speech about healthcare. “neither illness or accident” My family has been changed terribly several times by illnesses and accidents. Did we have insurance each time? Almost without exclusion, no we did not. We cannot afford health insurance for any member of …

Adaptation

Adaptation

In recent posts, I’ve talked about how difficult it is to remember a time before RA. As a four-year-old, I was super active. I loved to run around and dance. I was certain that I would grow up and be a dancer and/or actress. A few months later, I would get sick. I’d spend hours …

Blah

Blah

I feel sick to my stomach and I’m in a bad mood. This is becoming a really annoying trend and I’m pretty tired of it. Maybe the rheumy will have good news for me on the 8th.

Who would you be?

Who would you be?

I missed the memo about the latest Patients For A Moment series. The topic is something really important to me though – who would you be? Who would I be without RA? What could I do? When I was younger, it used to seem like a grand notion that brought with it almost superhero powers. …

RA Blues

RA Blues

I try to be a pretty happy person most of the time and not let RA get me down. A couple of weeks ago, I had a spell where I was pretty upset about the fact that I never really have had a “normal” life. I don’t remember what it was like to run without …