#RABlog Week Day 7: My favorite blogs

Reading others journeys about living a #rheum life, has helped me greatly in dealing with my autoimmune arthritis.  These women are bright, humorous and their writing touches me. Here are some of my personal favorite.

Some of my favorite blogs:

All Flared Up!  by Amanda

Float like a Buttahfly: by Kerry

And then you’re at Jax: by Molly

Autoimmune Systemic Life:  Rhia

Arthritic Chick: by

Spoonless Mama: by Chelle

Hurt Blogger: By Britt

Dad with RA: by Ferhaan

Not RA specific but a great Spoonie blog:
Fashionably Ill: by Jessica

Finally, Dr. Will Harvey is starting an advocacy blog for rheumatic disease patients.  I’m really looking forward to reading it.

It’s been such a pleasure being part of the first ever #RABlog week.  Thank you for asking me.  Please take a moment to read the other amazing blogs that participated:  http://www.radiabetes.com/blog_week15/day7.html  
Well done everyone!

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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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