A needle in the haystack…

We survived our first round of acupuncture.  Georgia was very well behaved and seemed okay with having needles sticking out of her head.  The vet was thorough and really seemed to listen to me as I spoke about my concerns/fears/hopes.  I think it is a good fit.  Time will tell if Georgia benefits from this treatment.  The funny part was we couldn’t find all of the needles for a while when it was time to remove them.  Georgia’s hair is its own universe…and the needles blended right in….like a needle in a haystack, I guess!

Personally, I’ve realized that I am taking way better care of Georgia than I am of myself. I’ve forgotten to give myself my biologic shot two nights in a row.  I’m so focused on George that I’m forgetting to take care of myself.  That won’t be good for Georgia in he long run.

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Kelly holds masters degrees in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. She works full-time as a speech-language pathologist in both a public school setting and as an adjunct faculty member at a university, in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in both autism and augmentative/alternative communication and took her skills to Uganda, Africa to start a special needs program for disabled children living in an orphanage in 2011. Kelly began experiencing symptoms of autoimmune arthritis in 1984 (while in her teens) but wasn’t officially diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis until 2001. Her first diagnosis was Sjogren’s syndrome. Eventually her diagnosis was changed to sero-negative RA and now Polyarticular Spondlyoarthropathy. She also manages thyroid disease (resulting from Graves Disease), fibromyalgia, renin-deficient hypertension, and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) on a daily basis. Kelly connected with other autoimmune arthritis patients via social media in 2008. She began volunteering with the “Buckle Me UP! Movement”, which evolved into the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement (IAAM) beginning in 2009. Then became a cofounder of IFAA in 2013. She has represented the ACR on Capitol Hill as an Advocate for Arthritis, was a finalist in Wego Health’s Health Activist Hero awards in 2014, and speaks at various healthcare conferences as a patient advocate in the Philadelphia area.

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