Sorry for smiling….

Recently, social media has been buzzing with the warning that the government will soon be using social media tracking to crack down on disability fraud.  I wouldn’t say this is surprising.  People have been spying on the disabled for years.  Growing up, I always heard how people “faked disability” to milk the system.  My family […]

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Who knows best…

Insurance is a blessing and a curse in my life.  I’m grateful to have coverage, but so frustrated a the antiquated system of step therapy that they industry still holds valid. I’ve written before about suffering for 7 years before finding a biologic drug that made me feel somewhat human again.  Why?  Because I had […]

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In the news…

A few months ago, I was contacted by a writer looking to do a story about a patient for the American College of Rheumatology‘s online magazine, “The Rheumatologist“. She wanted to talk to someone who had attending the ACR’s annual Advocates for Arthritis event in Washington DC.  I was honored someone recommended me for the […]

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I hope you laugh…

I spend time with a lot of kids.  In my work and in my life, I am surrounded by kids a lot. The other day, a kid came up to me and our conversation went something like this: Kid: I feel so bad for you. Me: Why? Kid: I read your book. Me: (thinking kid […]

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RA Blog Week 2018: Day 5 (Another Wildcard): Politics

Honored to be a part of this 4th annual RA Blog Week 2018.  Thanks to Rick Phillips for organizing and inviting me to participate.  Today’s topic is not one I was able to respond to, so I decided to do another wild card.  Here is today’s prompt: Politics – Health is always a hot item for […]

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RA Blog Week 2018: Day 4, Research…

I’m proud to be a part of the 4th annual RA blog week.  Today’s prompt:  Research – Do you incorporate research into your disease management? If you do explain how and what difference it has made. If not discuss why not. Help us understand any barriers you have experienced to using research about Rheumatic Disease. […]

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RA Blog Week #2: Because…

I’m proud to be participating in RA Blog week for the 4th year!  It’s always an honor to be included. Today’s blog prompt is:  Tips – How do you stay fit, cope with stress, relax, or capitalize on a great day. Tell us your secrets for the best life possible……But I’m opting out and doing […]

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RA Blog Week 2018: The good, the bad, and the ugly…

I am proud to participate in the 4th annual RA Blog Week.  Thanks to Rick Phillips for organizing this event every year. Day 1 Prompt: The Medicine – Patients with autoimmune disease often are not treated well by Doctors and Pharmacists when we ask for or receive prescription pain medicine.  What has been your experience?   Share […]

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As the list goes on…

In addition to my autoimmune arthritis and other chronic illnesses, I’ve written about my skin issues. Right before my diagnosis of Sjogren’s syndrome, I was diagnosed with a benign skin disease called DSAP (disseminated superficial actinic porokerotosis).  I basically get these little circles on my skin. They get hard and sometimes flake.  Over time, they […]

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27 and counting…

Tomorrow marks my 27th year in a classroom.  I’ve had many different roles over the years.  My current role is as an speech-language pathologist in a public school system.  I love what I do.  Every job has it’s positive and negative aspects.  I love my helping my students become effective communicators, but I despise the […]

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