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I AM INVISIBLE NO MORE

My three-part documentary-style film series for those living with invisible disabilities and illnesses is NOW LIVE on youtube!

 

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Who Are Your Arthritis Anchors?

Now you may be thinking to yourself, well what is an arthritis anchor? Those who truly care and support us shine their light and help us navigate the ups and downs life can bring, by walking right beside us. These people are our anchors.

Low-Energy and Low-Key Ways To Raise Arthritis Awareness this May

Chronic illness is in fact very tiresome. Going to a march and holding up signs is a great way to get involved for arthritis causes but not everyone has the time, energy or resources to engage in that. This is why I created a low-key, low-energy guide to raise arthritis awareness from the comfort of your own home.

12 Morning Affirmations to Slay Arthritis When it is Getting You Down

Something that has helped me when arthritis is getting me down is to create morning affirmations.

5 Things You Should Know About People Who Receive Disability Benefits: A Reminder to Those Who Think I Am Rolling in Dough

The truth is that those of us who are chronically ill, not only fight a battle everyday many don’t understand but we also fight to receive emotional and most of all, financial support and help such as, disability benefits.

Four Years Later: The Good, The Bad and The Not So Ugly of a Total Knee Replacement

I decided to write a sequel to my original blog post I wrote a few years ago, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of a Total Knee Replacement on the four-year anniversary of my surgery today.

Chronic Readers Club Q & A Interview

Chronic Readers Club was inspired by a combination of things. Since becoming chronically ill, I’ve felt a need to connect with other people who truly understand what my life is like. The idea to send books was inspired by my love of reading, which was instilled in me by my mom. She’s actually a librarian!

17 Years Later: The Life Lessons Rheumatoid Arthritis Taught Me

Today marks my 17th RAnniversary of when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Some people may think it’s odd to coin this time of my life as an anniversary, or anything to be celebrated. But I am proud of how far I have come on my journey filled with challenging downs and adversity. The resiliency and perseverance are worth celebrating. Life is worth celebrating. Because when chronic illness is thrown into the recipe, we call life, it forces you to look at your lack of immortality. A lot of my life lessons come from being chronically ill most of my youth.

MAY RECAP: Walk to Cure Arthritis Event- Team RARA Tribe

  Around this time last month, I decided to participate as a team captain in my first ever Walk to Cure Arthritis (5K Walk Event). I gathered my Arthritis Anchors-  my supporters new and old, raised some funds for a cure, the hard-working researchers and better...

Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Social Life: How to Cope and Thrive

One thing that we aren’t sent home with though, is a prescription on how to navigate our social life- which is a big part of our mental and emotional health, that can be impacted greatly by illness.

Holiday Gift Ideas {Curated By A Spoonie For Spoonies and Non-Spoonies}

I am not Oprah, and this isn’t a list of my favorite things. Well, kind of. But I’m just a girl who happens to 1) live with a chronic illness 2) considers herself to be a quite thoughtful exceptional gift-giver. So, I have curated a list of 12 fun, uplifting, and comforting items for yourself, those living with a chronic illness or not. We can all use some good vibes and support as we head into this holiday season and New Year!

Seven Go-To Shoes Those Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis Must Know About

I have been reviewing and recommending comfortable, stylish footwear for almost 11 years and I’m excited to share eight of my favorite go-to shoes I’ve owned over the years. You can read more about my journey with rheumatoid arthritis and how I started, BarkingDogShoes.com

My Go-To Products After Total Knee Replacement Surgery

They can be used before surgery or long after your orthopedic surgeon gives you clearance. Here are some of the items that I find helpful and hopefully you can too.

Patients Have Power: My Journey with Methotrexate and Alternative Therapies

  Disclaimer: This piece has been entered in the Patients Have Power Writing Contest run by Clara Health designed to raise awareness about clinical trials. I am passionate about this cause and hope it will help raise much needed awareness about the power of...

Connect2Health Conference and WEGO Health Awards Recap

If you weren’t able to tune into the WEGO Health Award ceremony on the main stage at Connect2Health via Facebook live in Boston last week, you can view some of the award speeches and more here.

Soothing Winter Cauliflower Soup and Flatbread [Vegan and Gluten-Free]

Savory vegan cauliflower soup with gluten-free and vegan flatbread.

My New Attendee Experience at HealtheVoices 19

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the fifth year of #HealtheVoices19 in Dallas, Texas. I left back home to Chicago more inspired and empowered than ever, here are five reasons why.

#MySymptoms Poem

This week many of us arthritis warriors raised awareness for World Arthritis Day on October 12th by either sharing our stories, statistics, or wearing arthritis gear. I recently shared a poem on The Mighty giving a glimpse into the symptoms I experience while living with rheumatoid arthritis. I am inviting you all to join in on sharing a poem about your symptoms through the #MySymptoms Poetry Link Up.

When I Was Questioned for Using a Disabled Parking Placard

Almost ten years ago, my integrity was questioned regarding my chronic illness and disability for the first time. I was about four years into my diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis, and despite the dark cloud that loomed over my head on a daily basis, I felt on top of the world.

Keeping It Real With Arthritis Stories [Fall 2020 Edition]

These arthritis stories by a traditionally published and award-winning author, criminology and psychology student, a fierce advocate, and founder of the #injectwithme campaign, will hopefully help you realize you are not alone and that your goals can be achievable, no matter what life throws your way.

Keeping It Real With Arthritis Stories [Winter Edition 2021]

Keeping It Real With Arthritis Stories [Winter Edition 2021]

The Keeping It Real With Arthritis stories are back and better than ever. For the first time, we hear from both men and women. These fifteen stories are a must-read if you or anyone you know happens to be diagnosed with any of the one-hundred types of arthritis out there. These riveting, powerful, and encouraging stories will help those feeling alone and hopeless, to become empowered and hopeful for positive changes in life.

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17 Years Later: The Life Lessons Rheumatoid Arthritis Taught Me

17 Years Later: The Life Lessons Rheumatoid Arthritis Taught Me

Today marks my 17th RAnniversary of when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Some people may think it’s odd to coin this time of my life as an anniversary, or anything to be celebrated. But I am proud of how far I have come on my journey filled with challenging downs and adversity. The resiliency and perseverance are worth celebrating. Life is worth celebrating. Because when chronic illness is thrown into the recipe, we call life, it forces you to look at your lack of immortality. A lot of my life lessons come from being chronically ill most of my youth.

read more
Holiday Gift Ideas {Curated By A Spoonie For Spoonies and Non-Spoonies}

Holiday Gift Ideas {Curated By A Spoonie For Spoonies and Non-Spoonies}

I am not Oprah, and this isn’t a list of my favorite things. Well, kind of. But I’m just a girl who happens to 1) live with a chronic illness 2) considers herself to be a quite thoughtful exceptional gift-giver. So, I have curated a list of 12 fun, uplifting, and comforting items for yourself, those living with a chronic illness or not. We can all use some good vibes and support as we head into this holiday season and New Year!

read more
Keeping It Real With Arthritis Stories [Fall 2020 Edition]

Keeping It Real With Arthritis Stories [Fall 2020 Edition]

These arthritis stories by a traditionally published and award-winning author, criminology and psychology student, a fierce advocate, and founder of the #injectwithme campaign, will hopefully help you realize you are not alone and that your goals can be achievable, no matter what life throws your way.

read more

Keeping it Real With Arthritis Stories

Whether you are living with rheumatoid arthritis or another type of arthritis, we all have a unique story that deserves to be voiced, heard and shared. Equally of importance, is showing an accurate depiction of those living with the disease and providing a real-life glance of who the person istheir interests, passions, hobbies, goals, career, likes, dislikes and so on, behind the veil of arthritis.

Not only can sharing our stories raise awareness but also illuminate our paths for us to see that we are not alone on this journey and have  common experiences with one another.

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Arthritis Thought of the Month

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“On my journey with rheumatoid arthritis, I have realized that it’s not only about fighting the condition. Living with it one day at a time- is what it’s all about. Every day I chose to keep going, rise above, and embrace all the good, the bad, and the ugly of RA.” -Effie

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