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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

Join the I’m Keeping It Real With ________ Awareness Challenge

I created this awareness challenge to ask others out there what form or type of arthritis, knee replacement, chronic illness or disability are they, Keeping It Real With?
The goal of this is not only to raise awareness for these conditions, but to encourage and empower those of us living with invisible or visible illness (es) to continue being our authentic selves.

KEEPING IT REAL WITH ARTHRITIS: EFFIE

Diagnosis/Diagnoses: 
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis which is not so “juvenile” anymore since it has progressed well into my adult years.

Keeping it Real With Arthritis: Amy Granger

Diagnosis/Diagnoses: Facet arthropathy and osteoarthritis.

Keeping it Real with Arthritis: Charis Hill

Diagnosis/Diagnoses: Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and PTSD, Anxiety, Major Depressive Disorder.

Keeping it Real with Arthritis: Kirsten Schultz

Diagnosis/Diagnoses: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (Still’s Disease), Chronic Neck Pain, Migraines, Post Traumatic Stress, Undiagnosed Neurological Stuff

Keeping it Real with Arthritis: Lori Anne

Diagnosis/Diagnoses: Seropositive Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

X10 Knee Recovery System: A Breakthrough Technology You Should Know About

Q: First and foremost, for those who are unaware, what it the x10 technology?

15 Life-Changing Habits People with Chronic Illnesses Can Do All Year

I realized that as we get older, our priorities change. Those of us with chronic illness, autoimmune illness and various disabilities, usually have the same priorities as our peers, but the one thing that will always have to be the biggest priority is: our health.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Soothing Winter Cauliflower Soup and Flatbread

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

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.

KEEPING IT REAL WITH ARTHRITIS: KYLIE

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, RSD/CRPS, unspecified connective tissue disorder, endometriosis, anxiety disorder.

Q & A: Joint Replacement Awareness Day® 

Joint Replacement Awareness Day Live Event April 14, 2018

Arthritis Hot Topic Talk with doTERRA Wellness Advocate Carolyn Kosanouvong-Walker

Carolyn Kosanouvong-Walker who has been living with rheumatoid arthritis for 43 years, discusses her journey using DoTerra essential oils, how it helped her and now helps others as a wellness advocate, in addition to being a trained Arthritis Foundation volunteer and leads an Arthritis Support Network in the Fresno county area.

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? 

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!

Who Are Your Arthritis Anchors?

Now you may be thinking to yourself, well what is an arthritis anchor? Those who truly care and support us shine their light and help us navigate the ups and downs life can bring, by walking right beside us. These people are our anchors.

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.

My Arthritis Anchors

As promised- here is my personal list of Arthritis Anchors.

If you’re just tuning in you can reference back to my blog post in May about what an arthritis anchor is here and tune into me speaking about it on my YouTube Channel, RA and Myself.

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Keeping It Real With Arthritis: Eileen

Name? Eileen Davidson aka Chronic Eileen   Location? Vancouver BC Canada   Diagnosis/Diagnoses? Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia and all that come with it! Like a whole lot of anxiety and depression.   Bio (Who are you? What do you do? Tell me about...

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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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