RA Blog week 2019: Day 2: Adjust

I am proud to be participating in the 5th annual RA blog week.  Day two’s topic: Adjust – How do you adjust to the affects of RD on your career, dreams, goals? I started with symptoms of RA at the age of 14.  I was told I had tendonitis.  At 19, the pain and swelling […]

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RA Blog Week 2019: Day 1: Dealing

I am so proud to participate in the 5th annual RA blog week.  Today’s topic is: Dealing – How do other diagnoses impact your RD and its treatment? When I was diagnosed with Graves disease my endocrinologist told me, “Once you get one autoimmune diagnosis, you are likely to get a few more.”  I didn’t […]

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RA goes to Hollywood…

I was watching the NBC show “New Amsterdam” last night.  It’s not the greatest show, but it is entertaining enough.  The show is based on the novel “Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital” by Eric Manheimer.  It follows the doctor in charge of the hospital who is “aiming to reform the neglected facility by […]

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A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

It’s been a while since I had time to blog.  So much to write about. Working full-time Patient Advocacy A milestone birthday So let’s start in September.  I had spent the majority of my summer with serious gastroenteritis.  I swear I have never experienced stomach issues like that in my life.  I went through test […]

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One more thing…

I’ve documented my rough summer.  The last episode has been stomach bug or food poisoning.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure which thing was making my stomach violently revolt.  I began vomiting on a Friday night.  By Monday, I felt fine again.  Was at an appointment on Thursday and began to feel the familiar pang of cramps. […]

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Dipping my toes in again…

I haven’t blogged in a while.  It’s been part writer’s block and part being overwhelmed by life lately.  I’ve had a lousy summer, in which so much stuff has gone wrong, that it is almost ridiculous at this point.  These are the events that I have been dealing with for the past 2 months. -I […]

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A senseless goodbye…

I lost someone I love to drug addiction.  It started with an addiction to prescription pain meds.  He injured his ankle years ago and struggled with the pain.  I figured out he was an addict after I had surgery to repair my broken ankle.  He asked me what medication I was given and I told […]

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I have what???

****I’m updating the story: I started with symptoms on a Tuesday.  Wednesday spiked a fever.  By Saturday, my fever was 102 and I broke down to see a doctor.  I woke up early Sunday morning to take care of Georgia’s insulin and meds.  Ate some toast and went back to bed to rest.  Woke up […]

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Inflammation motivation…

I recently read an article called:  “Chronic inflammation removes motivation by reducing dopamine in the brain.”  Reading the article was one of those “OMG this is me!!!” moments.  For the past few years, I just could not figure out where my motivation went.  Granted, I’m exhausted and in pain….but I have ZERO motivation for things […]

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With a hope and a flare….

This past week, I’ve been dealing with one of the worst flare ups of my disease in years.  I say the word “disease” because honestly, no one seems to know for sure what I have.  Sometimes I’m told I have rheumatoid arthritis.  Other times, I’m told I have psoriatic arthritis or spondyloarthopathy.  All I know….is […]

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