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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



My three-part documentary-style film series for those living with invisible disabilities and illnesses is NOW LIVE on youtube!


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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...

5 Pain and Inflammation Products Relieving I Like Issue #2

This will be a series of my most liked pain and inflammation relieving products. Here is issue #2.

Chronic Illness and Relationships

Dating isn’t easy, especially when chronic illness is thrown into the mix. Just like any relationship there can be challenges along the way. Good communication, trust, understanding and unconditional love, are some of the elements needed for a healthy long-lasting union no matter the circumstances.

Connect2Health Conference and WEGO Health Awards Recap

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.

Arthritis Warrior Wednesday

I was diagnosed in 2012 while I was going for my masters in my mid 40’s. It was very aggressive and my father also had a very aggressive form of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Arthritis Warrior Wednesday

Hi everyone, I’m RA Guy! I’ve been living with rheumatoid arthritis for almost two decades now, since the age of 29.

5 Pain and Inflammation Relieving Products I like- Issue: # 1

This will be a series of my most liked pain and inflammation relieving products. Here is issue #1.

Arthritis Warrior Wednesday

Hi! My name is Erika. I’m 31 years old and I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 28.

My New Attendee Experience at HealtheVoices 19

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the fifth year of #HealtheVoices19 in Dallas, Texas. I left back home to Chicago more inspired and empowered than ever, here are five reasons why.

How to Access Innovative Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

FindMeCure is an online platform allowing every person struggling with a medical condition to access treatments in development.

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!

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.

Arthritis Warrior Wednesday

I’m Carolyn and I live in California. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 3 years old when my family was still living in Southeast Asia where I was born.

#MySymptoms Poem

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.

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.

I’m a Nominee for the 2018 WEGO Health Awards- Here is how you can help!

I am excited to announce that I have been nominated for the WEGO Health Best in Show Blog Award in the 2018 WEGO Health Awards.

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.

The Most Comfortable Gloves for Arthritic Hands During the Winter

With winter in full swing, I wanted to share some gloves that those with arthritis can benefit from. Many are on sale now as the fashion industry gears up to introduce spring merchandise, so grab them while you can.

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...

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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Arthritis Thought of the Month


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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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