No zippers or buttons or snaps, oh my!

There is a new clothing craze that is popping up on social media called LuLaRoe .  I admit in the beginning, I was not liking the crazy patterns.  I knew the leggings were fabulous, but I doubted everything else.  A friend got me to join her online party and well….I went  CARAAAZEEEEEE seeing the clothes for the first time.  The clothes were soft, well made, and way more stylish than I originally thought.  All consultant I have met all say the same thing, “The clothes are very forgiving.” (that means it covers up my rolls). I ended up purchasing leggings, dresses, and tops and kept doing that over and over (I was invited to 6 parties in the month of August alone).  The clothes are casual enough to wear every day but easy enough to dress up for work. I’m hooked!

Why am I so excited (other than the fact I am a shopaholic?)  Well, this brand does not have zippers, or buttons, or snaps on its clothing.  You slip it on and go.  Morning stiffness (a symptom of RA and many forms of Autoimmune Arthritis) is my nemesis.  It takes me almost an hour to get out of bed in the morning.  Not because I am lazy, but because it takes me that long to stretch my creaking joints enough to stand up.  My hands struggle with brushing my teeth so fine motor tasks like buttoning, zipping, and snapping could take a considerable amount of time first thing in the morning. Being able to avoid clothing fasteners that hurt and slow me down in the morning…is an amazing thing.  An amazing thing that I have taken for granted for years.

I have no affiliation with this company.  I’m just sharing a simple #spoonie hack.  Wearing these comfy and stylish clothes is awesome.  I get tons of compliments and I’m dressed in less than 5 minutes before heading to work.  That in itself is a blessing.  14242397_10210994315240031_5362937294631512802_o

 

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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.

2 thoughts on “No zippers or buttons or snaps, oh my!

  1. Well maybe if I could get them in Purple and Orange? LOL Well OK they may not be the most attractive on me, but I do really like orange and purple gear. My wife just rolled her eyes (twice). She has never rolled them three times so I better stop now. 🙂

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