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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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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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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.

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? 

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.

Arthritis Warrior Wednesday

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

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of a Total Knee Replacement

Growing up I remember doing class assignments that asked us where we envisioned our lives to be in five, ten, twenty years. Being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at eighteen and having a total knee replacement at twenty-nine years old, was not on my radar.

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. 

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.

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!

5 Ways to Have a Fun ‘Staycation’ When You Can’t Travel Due to Illness

Everyone deserves a vacation. Daily responsibilities can add up quickly, leaving us drained and in need of some TLC. After all, we only have one body and we need to treat all aspects of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies with respect.

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.

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.

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.

#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.

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.

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.

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.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Soothing Winter Cauliflower Soup and Flatbread

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

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...

The Most Comfortable Gloves for Arthritic Hands During the Winter

With winter in full swing, I wanted to share some gloves that those with arthritis can benefit from. Many are on sale now as the fashion industry gears up to introduce spring merchandise, so grab them while you can.

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

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.

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Rheuma Tips! Did you know? #17

Rheuma Tips! Did you know? #17

My tip for this month is to find a quiet place and take a moment to write down a list of everything you are grateful for. A friend of mine recently posted that you, “Can’t spell RA without Gratitude.”

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Arthritis Thought of the Month: Question #17

Arthritis Thought of the Month: Question #17

Are you grateful that you got sick? This question may seem a bit odd to some. Why on earth would you feel grateful for something like a diagnosis, that turned your life upside down? Those feelings and thoughts are valid. Then there is the other side of the coin, where people have been able to see the blessing and silver lining. It’s normal to one day feel positive and another negative about getting sick. How would you answer this question right now at this point in your life? Let me know in the survey below!

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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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“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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