So my heart is still aching over losing my cat, Isabella. I've been having trouble sleeping. It's so difficult holding an animal that you adore while they pass away. Things got better when I knew her ashes were back home with my parents. I know she had a good life, but not being able to … Continue reading When it rains…..
I feel like I've turned into an animal blogger lately. My pet's health has been as stressful over the years. My Lola passed after living with multiple illnesses, Georgia lives with multiple chronic illnesses, and my sweet, sweet Isabella has been battling lymphoma for the roughly 2 years. Today, Isabella lost that fight. I met … Continue reading Ciao Bella….
It's been a rough couple of weeks. The dog's diabetes diagnosis (see my previous blog It’s been a while…) and the stress of handling it caused me to flare HARD. A medrol dose of prednisone and a lot of rest has gotten me in better shape. I don't feel great, but then again, I never feel … Continue reading Looking forward to a long winter’s nap…
It's been a while since I have written. I've had a serious case of writer's block and honestly, since switching to my latest biologic drug, I've felt pretty good. Maybe I was feeling cocky. Maybe I was feeling lucky. Maybe I am only inspired to write when I am in pain. Today I am inspired … Continue reading It’s been a while…
Ain't it the truth??!! Happy Halloween!
I recently started my seventh biologic drug. 7th.... S-E-V-E-N-T-H. I believe there are only 10 biologic drugs (don't quote me on that). But I fear I am running out of options. What is a biologic drug? I'll let WebMD explain: "Biologics are genetically-engineered proteins derived from human genes. They are designed to inhibit specific components … Continue reading The 7th time’s Prince Charming??
I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. I've been dying to try a topical pain relieving lotion. I was thrilled when asked … Continue reading Review: Invigorate Lotion
Hobbies – Hobbies are healthy or maybe they are not? What is your hobby and how does it help you with your autoimmune conditions? If you do not have a hobby imagine a great hobby for a person dealing with RA. Honestly, I used to have more hobbies prior to getting diagnosed. I used … Continue reading RA Blog Week day 4: Hobbies
I’m proud to be a part of RA Blog Week 2017. I’m just returning from three days in Washington DC where I visited members of Congress and Senate to discuss the needs of patients living with Rheumatic diseases. Needless to say, I’m 100% exhausted today. Today’s prompt relates to partners:
Partners – Where would we be without our partners? They are often not just partners but caregivers. Tell your partners story. And if you do not have a partner what will your ideal partner be like, or do you even want one?
I currently don’t have a partner, but I wrote this love letter to my dog Georgia a few months ago. It was originally found on Creaky Joints. I’m being somewhat lazy because I had to get cortisone injections in both of my elbows and am switching biologic drugs (for the 7th time). Because of this, I’m going to reblog a story about my Georgia Grace. At this point, she is my partner in crime, my BFF, and my best friend. We share the chronic illness journey and although I hate that we both are on this journey, I’m so grateful to have her in my life.
I was excited when CreakyJoints asked me to write about my relationship with my dog. I thought it would be easy to reflect on our life together, but it wasn’t. My dog and I have a complicated relationship that was harder to explain than I expected Not only is she my constant companion and fur baby, Georgia is also a fellow spoonie.
Here is our story:
I’ve been living with multiple chronic illnesses for over 20 years. My journey into the world of chronic illness life started with Grave’s disease and DSAP (a skin disease) then moved into more painful illnesses of Fibromyalgia and Polyarticular Spondlyoarthropathy. Through the years I’ve had some relief from various medications, but overall, my pain has been my constant companion since my early 30’s. I loved animals and always had dogs as a child, but I hesitated to get one as an adult because of my pain and…
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Tips and tricks – What are the ways you have learned to work around the physical difficulties and limitations of your autoimmune condition. I remember being at one of those home kitchen tools parties years ago and I friend said something about not wanting to buy "gadgets" because that are just junk you don't … Continue reading RA Blog Week 2017 Day 2: Tips & Tricks