Making Lemonade with Georgia Grace by Kelly Conway

When life gives you lemons, you have to make a choice: you can choose to remain bitter or you can add something to make that lemon sweeter. When Kelly brought her puppy Georgia Grace home, she could never have predicted all the medical emergencies they would endure together. Their love for each other was what […]

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Voices matter…

I cofounded the International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis (IFAA) in 2013 with three fellow patients Tiffany Westrich-Robertson, Tami Brown, and Amanda John.  Our mission has always been to use our voices to impact education, awareness, and research.  We’ve grown and evolved over the years, but we always held fast to the idea that our […]

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I am an impatient patient…

The past few weeks, I’ve been documenting my battle with an upper respiratory virus/sinus infection/laryngitis, etc. Three weeks in, and I’m still not well.  I feel like I may have turned a corner because my voice is a tad bit better.  I’m still on antibiotics, but off of prednisone.  Thankfully, sleep is a bit easier […]

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Getting sick, while being sick…

Two weeks ago, I started with a dry cough.  After my bout with pneumonia, I watched it closely.  By the middle of the week, I felt wrecked.  Body aches, stuffy nose, sore throat, ear ache, etc. I called my doctor but they had no appointments until the following day.  My goal was to return to […]

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Making lemonade…

A year ago, I wrote a book about my dog, Georgia Grace.  Georgia is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who lives with multiple, serious chronic illnesses including the top 3:  Syringomyelia, Chronic Valvular Heart Disease, and Diabetes.   I was told her life expectancy was three years.  Today, she is 10 years, 6 months and […]

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Daring to believe…

I just recently started to feel like my new medication is working.  It’s kind of shocking.  My pain level is so much more tolerable.  I still have pain, but I can make it all day without taking extra meds.  My swelling is also getting better.  I still swell when I overdo it, but for the […]

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Oh the places we will go…

I’ve not taken a proper vacation since my dog was diagnosed with diabetes.  I refused to leave her for over two years until this past September, when I traveled to Washington DC for 2 nights for a patient advocacy trip.  I admit that I was a wreck until I had her back in my arms. […]

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RD Blogweek Day 5: Advice…

I’m proud to participate in the 5th annual RA Blog Week.  Today’s topic: Advice – What advice would you give to your newly diagnosed self after what you’ve learned living with RD?   Today has been a very difficult day.  Not because of my help, but because of my dog’s health.  The past three days […]

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RD Blog Week: Day4: Community

I’m so honored to be participating in the 5th annual RD Blog week.  Today’s topic is: Community – Our community is often hard on each other, even going as far as accusing others of not having RA when they can physically do more than others. How can we educate our own community on RA and […]

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RD Blog week 2019: Day 3: Disability

I’m proud to participate in the 5th annual RD blog week.  Today is day three and the topic is: Disability – Discuss your feelings about our position within the disabled community with variable disability. How do you deal with limitations that are present some days and not others? Professionally, I’m a speech-language pathologist and I […]

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