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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



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


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Arthritis Warrior Wednesday

I was diagnosed with RA in 2012 after childbirth. I’m a full-time working mom in Los Angeles.

Arthritis Warrior Wednesday

Hi! My name is Erika. I’m 31 years old and I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 28.

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

Let’s face it, those of us with arthritis, autoimmune arthritis and related conditions do not have it easy. We wake up every morning not knowing what will hurt, what will be inflamed and what will stop us from conquering the day as we would see fit.

Arthritis Warrior Wednesday: Pre-Challenge on Instagram Post

Since the first week of May started mid-week on a Wednesday, I decided to share the main character of my children’s book that I have been working on, for the first Arthritis Warrior Wednesday featured spotlight. 

Two-Way Veggie Pizza [Gluten-free, Vegan]

A two-way veggie gluten-free vegan pizza that can be made with an assortment of vegetables with or without sliced tomatoes.

Arthritis Warrior Wednesday

Hi everyone, I’m RA Guy! I’ve been living with rheumatoid arthritis for almost two decades now, since the age of 29.

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.

Invisible in Chicago: What’s It Like to Live Here with Chronic Illness?

The best thing about Chicago for those living with chronic illness is the quality of medical professionals here. Especially in the integrative, alternative, functional and holistic medicine fields.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Soothing Winter Cauliflower Soup and Flatbread

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

Arthritis Warrior Wednesday

I was diagnosed in 2012 while I was going for my masters in my mid 40’s. It was very aggressive and my father also had a very aggressive form of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Arthritis Warrior Wednesday

I’m Carolyn and I live in California. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 3 years old when my family was still living in Southeast Asia where I was born.

#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.

Q & A: Joint Replacement Awareness Day® 

Joint Replacement Awareness Day Live Event April 14, 2018

Arthritis Warrior Wednesday

“Hello! I’m Kayla and I’m 24 years old. I’ve had Rheumatoid Arthritis for five years this month.

5 Pain and Inflammation Relieving Products I like- Issue: # 1

This will be a series of my most liked pain and inflammation relieving products. Here is issue #1.

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...

Breaking Free from Chronic Illness

Ways to break free from and cope with the constraints of chronic illness, in order to live your best life.

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.

Arthritis Thought of the Month: Question #16

Arthritis Thought of the Month: Question #16

Have you been affected by Step-therapy?

Also known as “fail-first”- a troubling practice employed by a majority of insurers that forces patients to try therapies preferred by the insurance company before their doctor-prescribed medication will be approved, even when doctors are certain the initial therapies won’t be effective.

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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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What was the public’s opinion on the topic of invisible disabilities and illnesses? 
We stopped a few people to ask their thoughts and handed out educational brochures with the answers to the questions. This lovely gentleman you see in this picture was nice enough to share his own personal experience living with an invisible disability and being questioned for using an accessible parking spot.
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Invisible disabilities and illnesses are REAL, even if you can
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The documentary-style film I’ve been planning for awhile now happened today! Couldn’t have asked for a better crew and actors. We had a great time making this and can’t wait to share it with everyone during Invisible Disabilities Week, October 13th - 19th. 
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