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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.

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.

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.

Q & A: Joint Replacement Awareness Day® 

Joint Replacement Awareness Day Live Event April 14, 2018

Essential Oils Hot Topic Talk with doTERRA Wellness Advocate Carolyn Kosanouvong Walker

Prior to starting my journey with essential oils, I didn’t know anyone who was using these alternative supplements to help with muscle and joint discomforts or sleep difficulties. In 2016, I met a doTERRA Wellness Advocate in my city that helped me get started on customizing essential oils for my specific needs.

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.

What Arthritis Awareness Month Means to Me

For me, arthritis awareness month is about inner reflection, continuing to share my stories in hopes of helping someone out there and connecting with like-minded individuals within my community.

WellWrap: A New Product That Can Help Kick Joint Pain to the Curb Naturally

My Personal Pain Journey Throughout my journey living with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for almost the past 15 years, I have had my fair share of issues with my musculoskeletal system. In my search to find some relief from the joint pain I was experiencing, I was...

Seven Go-To Shoes Those Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis Must Know About

I have been reviewing and recommending comfortable, stylish footwear for almost 11 years and I’m excited to share eight of my favorite go-to shoes I’ve owned over the years. You can read more about my journey with rheumatoid arthritis and how I started, BarkingDogShoes.com

Patients Have Power: My Journey with Methotrexate and Alternative Therapies

  Disclaimer: This piece has been entered in the Patients Have Power Writing Contest run by Clara Health designed to raise awareness about clinical trials. I am passionate about this cause and hope it will help raise much needed awareness about the power of...

MAY RECAP: Walk to Cure Arthritis Event- Team RARA Tribe

  Around this time last month, I decided to participate as a team captain in my first ever Walk to Cure Arthritis (5K Walk Event). I gathered my Arthritis Anchors-  my supporters new and old, raised some funds for a cure, the hard-working researchers and better...

Top 40 RA and Chronic Illness Blog Award

Rising Above rheumatoid arthritis was recently named one of the Top 40 RA Blog and Top 100 Chronic Illness Blog for 2018 by Feedspot.

Rheuma Tips! Did you know? #5

These are some detox tips you can use all year-round. With summer winding down and even more holidays approaching, take some time to rest, relax and treat your body well. Those of us taking medications for rheumatoid arthritis need to cleanse our bodies from the toxic stress overload frequently, to ensure our liver and other organs are happy!

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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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