According to the Everyday Health article, “How to Manage Arthritis Flares During the Holidays,” people living with arthritis do better in warmer weather. So when the winter arrives in the Northern Hemisphere during the holiday season, joint pain can increase. Simply put, “the fluid in your joints is like the oil in your car. It doesn’t move as well in cold weather.”read more
Does your rheumatoid arthritis tend to flare during the holidays?read more
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.read more
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.read more
Being that the month of October is home to World Mental Health Day which fell on October 10th two days before World Arthritis Day on the 12th, I wanted to provide some tips for those of us living with rheumatoid arthritis who may be experiencing moments or signs of depression, sadness, grief, anxiety, loneliness, fear, anger, negative self-talk or thinking.read more
Have you ever experienced any signs of depression or anxiety since being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis?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 is– their 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.