The Keeping it Real with Arthritis Stories series is turning into a photoblog and book!
We are no longer accepting story submissions as of Sunday, August 7th. To follow along on the book release and other updates, make sure to subscribe to the newsletter below. Thank you to all who submitted and those who have supported this project in any way so far.
To help amplify the voices of diverse authors, I have curated a list of children’s books from the author community. If you have missed Part 1 of this article series, make sure you check out other children’s books from picture books, middle grade, and young adult.
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.
When I started sharing this book project some people told me they aren't sure they have an interesting enough story to share. But I'm here to tell you that after eighteen years of living with rheumatoid arthritis, your story is never 'too boring' or not valuable enough.
Real stories by people living with all types of arthritis; from diagnosis to different treatment methods, becoming a parent, going after your dreams despite arthritis, and much more!
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.
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.
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.