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.
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.
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 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!
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.