RA Blog week Day 5: Blogs I read this week


I love having the opportunity to be apart of RA blog week.  Not only does it encourage me to focus on my experiences with RA, but it also gives me a chance to read blogs by other patients that give me great perspectives Thanks to Rick Phillips at RADiabetes for the invitation.

Some blogs that I really enjoyed this week:

I was moved by The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo‘s Starting Story on Health Central.

I enjoyed Here’s your gold watch -Rheutired’s  “Same Song, Second Verse – An Active vs Reactive Patient

Rick Phillip’s Biologics can be Scary  made me feel validated in my own personal journey with biologics.  It’s nice to know I’m not alone.

One of my favorite bloggers is Arthritis Chick.  I always feel like she is so honest, detailed, and spot on with her blogs.  Her The pain of pain meds is an great telling of being a patient with pain meds.

Thanks to all who participated and thank you for inviting me.


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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 “RA Blog week Day 5: Blogs I read this week

  1. Thanks for the kind words. Your blogs this week have been so great all week, I have really enjoyed blogging with you this week. I hope you will join us again next year. Mark your calendar for the Monday in September when we will get to reload and start again. 🙂

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