Monday, September 15, 2014

The RA Pregnancy Chronicles: Birth Positions

NOTE: As you can see from this post, RheumatoidArthritis.net is a little bit behind reality in publishing my pregnancy stories. So now you can go back in time and read about how I was feeling towards the end of my pregnancy! ~;o)

The RA Pregnancy Chronicles is a series of posts that share my experiences being pregnant while living with RA. This post was written during Week 34 of my second pregnancy.

The birth instructor kept talking about “using what nature provides” to make the birth process easier, and I couldn’t stop thinking about how unfair it was that nature had provided me with a bunch of inflamed joints and the ability to get fatigued more easily than other women, which wasn’t going to make the birth process any easier! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

What Can We Learn From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

Given that everybody views things from their own, personal perspective, I find myself wondering what the arthritis community might be able to learn from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Study Brings Hope: Scientists Discover How to “Switch Off” Autoimmune Diseases

Scientists have made an important breakthrough in the fight against debilitating autoimmune diseases by revealing how to stop immune system cells from attacking healthy body tissue.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Introducing CZL!

Life with two boys has been more than a bit crazy - which is why it has taken me a full 5 weeks to get to this post! 

I want to introduce CZL, who was born via c-section on July 29, 2014. He was 7lbs 5oz and 20 inches long. CZL is doing great and OZL has adjusted amazingly to life as a big brother. Unfortunately I am already struggling with some RA flares, but we are all hanging in there. 

I promise some more updates soon! In the meantime, here are some pictures of our newly expanded family!





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The RA Pregnancy Chronicles: Balancing Acts & Difficult Decisions

The RA Pregnancy Chronicles is a series of posts that share my experiences being pregnant while living with RA. This post was written during Week 30 of my second pregnancy. 

Life with RA can be a near constant balancing act. You balance the benefits of medications against the potential risks. You must balance exercise & continued movement against pain and fatigue. You even have to balance your desires & dreams against your realities & capabilities.

Delicious Flavors – With Natural Anti-Inflammatory Benefits!

While changing your diet does seem to work for some & is worth a try, there is no scientific evidence that any particular diet will help control your RA. There is, however, a fair amount of evidence concerning the natural anti-inflammatory properties of many herbs & spices.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Social Security Disability Benefits

Have you applied for Social Security disability benefits because of your RA? What was your experience like? I provide an overview of the program.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The RA Pregnancy Chronicles: Sometimes Being Pregnant With Arthritis Is Hard

The RA Pregnancy Chronicles is a series of posts that share my experiences being pregnant while living with RA. This post was written during Week 23 of my second pregnancy. 

Unfortunately I don’t think it can be denied any longer: my RA is officially flaring. I'm also waking up with the most extreme morning stiffness I have ever experienced – it feels like I have been run over with a steamroller. And the fatigue (combined from the RA flare, difficult pregnancy, and chasing a toddler) is beyond soul crushing.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Rheumatologist: Rheumatologists May Help Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Overcome Obstacles to Sex

I have done a fair bit of writing about sex and RA, both on this blog and on several other websites that I write for. I have shared my own experiences with the difficulties RA can cause when it comes to sex and intimacy, as well as my own research on what can be done about it. 

Not surprisingly there are not very many people out there talking about this issue. So if you google "sex & RA" it won't take you very long to find my name! For this reason I was interviewed a while back for an article about sex and RA for The Rheumatologist, a publication for rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals.The article is meant to help doctors who treat RA patients remember to discuss and aid their patients with intimacy issues. 

The article has finally been published! If you are interested you can read the article here: Rheumatologists May Help Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Overcome Obstacles to Sex

Monday, July 14, 2014

Kids Get Arthritis Too! July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month!

Most people who hear the word arthritis probably picture Grandpa walking with a cane or perhaps Grandma’s hands hurting too much to knit. But, in reality, arthritis is not just a geriatric disease. July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month!