7 Tips for Balancing Chronic Illness and Your Home Life

Chronic illness affects every member of the family. It disrupts family life, puts a strain on finances and creates painful emotions. Nevertheless, it is possible to maintain a positive atmosphere as you cope and manage life at home. Here are seven tips to help family members meet the challenges brought upon by chronic illness. Revise…

Parenting with Chronic Illness is no cakewalk

As you know, chronic diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are progressive, meaning they will get worse over time. As a parent with a chronic disease, do you wonder if it prevents you from being the kind of parent you want to be? From experience, I can tell you that raising kids while struggling with RA…

Don’t let a misdiagnosis deter you

I do not recall the exact date that my symptoms started or even what triggered my symptoms.  I do not even recall the date of my diagnosis.  What I do know is that it took me nearly ten years to get a correct diagnosis and I recall many of the details of that experience.  I…

Taking Charge of Your Health

Ten years of looking answers and a diagnosis taught me two very important things: (1) how to advocate for myself and (2) how important it is to educate myself. Any time I come across newly diagnosed patients, the advice that I give them is educate themselves and advocate for themselves. This is something that no…

Take Charge of Your Health

Ten years of looking answers and a diagnosis taught me two very important things: (1) how to advocate for myself and (2) how important it is to educate myself. Any time I come across newly diagnosed patients, the advice that I give them is educate themselves and advocate for themselves. This is something that no…

A Cheat Sheet for Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares

It may seem as if flares are the most difficult tests of all to endure. Every time I experience a flare, I think that I know what to expect but regardless of experience, it seems that every flare is different. Yet, in some ways, they are all the same. In the moments where I feel…

Having a Social Life Despite Chronic Illness

I know that this is an area that a lot of us do not like to discuss. How is maintaining a social life even possible when you are always sick and in pain? Your healthy friends may try to understand and support you, but they still have a social life and that is nearly impossible…

RA Tip: Spring Cleaning and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Your calendar is a reminder that spring is here in addition to the warmer weather. With spring in the air and wintertime behind us, many of us want to spring into action. By that I mean, spring cleaning but rheumatoid arthritis flares may prevent you from completing everything you would like done. That is the…

Arthritis and Winter Months

  How often have you said, “It is going to snow? I can feel it in my bones.” Not only have you said it but you have heard other arthritis sufferers say this and other similar quotes about predicting the weather. The reason we, as arthritis sufferers, can predict the weather is because we feel…

The Internet as a Resource and the Mistake of Self-Diagnosis

We have all been guilty of this but the truth is, self-diagnosis is a bad idea. It does not even matter what website you are using. WebMD or National Institutes for Health – don’t do it! First, it is not easy as it seems and it can lead to incorrect conclusions. Feel free to research…

Consider writing a letter to yourself

One of things that the majority of us living with chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia and rheumatoid have is this tendency to feel self-doubt. I mean, who wouldn’t? We live with pain daily and our conditions are unpredictable. Chronic conditions forces us to feel frustration about life, the issues that they bring into our lives, and…