http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSMtEtfxPbY This is a pretty inspirational video on a young Australian woman diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Not only does it prove that arthritis doesn't discriminate as she was young, fit and active when her symptoms began, but it also shows how a positive outlook and quick action can help make this chronic disease more tolerable.
I'm sick and tired. I'm tired of simply "dealing" with the pain caused by my RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Since my diagnoses at 23 years old, I've probably tried 30 different combinations of Rx's. Some have made me nauseous while others have made me feel great. It's strange to say that I've taken chemotherapy medication, but … Continue reading Metal Allergies and Rheumatoid Arthritis
American media is famous for flaunting pictures of skinny, well-groomed models in high heels as something or someone young women should aspire to look like. When you’re a sick girl, it’s tough to feel sexy in those ways. It’s hard enough to make it to the gym sometimes let alone button your blouse, blow dry … Continue reading Romantic Relationships and Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Mix
For the first time in known history, a fellow rheumie - AKA Rheumatoid Arthritis patient named Jeffrey Gottfurcht is going to attempt to climb Mt. Everest starting in late March 2011. This is mind-blowing to me. To think... RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) limits me from tackling certain things everyday like typing, unlocking my apartment door, buttoning my coat, etc. while this man with the same disease is going to climb … Continue reading If Jeffrey Gottfurcht can climb Mt. Everest, I can make it to the gym once in a while
I’ve personally found yoga to be a God send in my RA treatment plan. Not only does it make my body stronger while increasing my energy levels, but it also calms my mind and picks up my spirits. Yoga is an emotional getaway for many people, especially those with chronic diseases. If you allow your practice to take over your mind and your body, you can truly escape to a place where pain and other negative feelings are non-existent… even if just for an hour.
“Wait a minute…. I have arthritis and you’re asking me to exercise? Give me a break! Do you know how much pain I’m in? There’s no way my body will allow me to walk through the door of a gym let alone to the end of my driveway to grab the mail. “