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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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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.

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...

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.

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.

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

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

Keeping It Real With Arthritis Stories [Spring/Summer 2020 Edition]

These arthritis stories by a self-taught acrylic painter, an occupational therapist, a yoga instructor, and more will help you stay positive, inspired, empowered, and motivated to not let this disease define you.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SHINE YOUR LIGHT?

I ended up walking out of the office with only a piece of paper in my hand and have made it a point to pay it forward since then. I may not know the woman’s name but this memory will stay with me forever. When have you shined your light on someone and when has someone else done the same for you? 

Making a Difference with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Books

To help amplify the voices of diverse authors, I have curated a list of children’s books from the author community.

#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.

Essential Oils Hot Topic Talk with doTERRA Wellness Advocate Carolyn Kosanouvong Walker

Prior to starting my journey with essential oils, I didn’t know anyone who was using these alternative supplements to help with muscle and joint discomforts or sleep difficulties. In 2016, I met a doTERRA Wellness Advocate in my city that helped me get started on customizing essential oils for my specific needs.

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.

Chronic Illness and Relationships

Dating isn’t easy, especially when chronic illness is thrown into the mix. Just like any relationship there can be challenges along the way. Good communication, trust, understanding and unconditional love, are some of the elements needed for a healthy long-lasting union no matter the circumstances.

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.

5 Pain and Inflammation Products Relieving I Like Issue #2

This will be a series of my most liked pain and inflammation relieving products. Here is issue #2.

Why the Coronavirus Scare Resembles What It’s Like to Live with a Chronic Illness

As individuals, we all face unknown aspects of our lives at one point or another. Now as a collective, we are all in a state of unknown together regarding the COVID-19, better known as the Coronavirus. Mass fear and hysteria of the dangers of this virus have people in a fight or flight survival mode. It’s in our human nature to run from a threat and to protect oneself and loved ones. Though interestingly enough, many people who live with a chronic illness have experienced this survival mode on an ongoing basis.

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.

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.

Q & A: Joint Replacement Awareness Day® 

Joint Replacement Awareness Day Live Event April 14, 2018

TheRAconnection.com- Join today, it’s free!

This year I began working with theRAconnection, as a moderator and blogger. If you are living with RA, PsA, OA, Lupus, AS or are a loved one, caretaker, spouse, friend etcetera, of someone you know living with these conditions, then you are in the right place! I have...

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.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Rheuma tips! Did you know?

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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