Hello, friends! It’s been a long while since I have posted here on my Arthritis Ashley blog! A lot has changed – we’re in a global pandemic; I started Xeljanz; I’m working full-time; I did a 5K; and so on. Many of you have been keeping up with me at ABSHUCK.COM, my Arthritis Ashley Facebook … Continue reading
Easy Flex for the Win
I have to admit it: I’m often skeptical when it comes to new arthritis-related products and supplements. But Easy Flex is something special. You may have seen my posts about it on Facebook and Instagram! While it can’t cure RA, it does seem to help manage day-to-day joint and muscle pain from osteoarthritis and general … Continue reading
#PatientsHavePower: The Gift of Breakthrough Research and Clinical Trials
*Disclaimer: Before I begin, let’s get the requisite disclaimer out of the way: this piece has been entered in the Patients Have Power Writing Contest run by Clara Health. It is designed to raise awareness about clinical trials. That said, I’m nonetheless still passionate about this cause, and am personally interested in everything that this … Continue reading
How RA Impacts Relationships and Self-Love: A Pfizer Facebook Live Chat with Arthritis Ashley & Dr. Logan Levkoff
Thank you to Pfizer for having Dr. Logan Levkoff and me on to discuss Relationships & Rheumatoid Arthritis. Filmed live at Pfizer Studios in New York City, we discussed how RA can affect relationships with our partners, our families, and, even our relationship with our selves. Check out the video on the Pfizer Facebook page, … Continue reading
Pfizer & Arthritis Ashley Facebook Live: May 29
Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 29th, 2018) at 11:45am EST, I will join Pfizer and nationally-recognized relationship expert Logan Levkoff, Ph.D, to discuss how rheumatoid arthritis (RA) impacts life, relationships, and self-esteem. We will also be introducing a fun “RA Fishbowl” exercise which can help you talk to your spouse, partner, family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues about living with … Continue reading
Top RA and Chronic Illness Blogger
Website Everyday Health named my Arthritis Ashley blog a Top 10 RA Blog for 2018. Also, Feedspot named it a Top 100 Chronic Illness Blog and Top 40 RA Blog for 2017. Thank you to these websites for these honors! Continue reading
Cupping, Gua Sha, and Acupuncture: Can They Help with Arthritis and Chronic Pain?
Most of you know that I am a big fan of integrative medicine: a mix of natural or alternative methodologies and traditional pharmaceutical treatments. In fact, one of the first “real” published articles I wrote was in a local magazine (called South Fayette & Neighbors, now known as IN South Fayette,) in 2006, and it … Continue reading
Dreams Deterred But Not Forgotten: More Than An Illness.
I wanted to share this video –— and this one — because they explain (at least a little more) about who I am outside of ‘Arthritis Ashley.’ You see, I’m in the running to be Justin Timberlake’s social media manager for a day, due to the #LinkedInTopCompaniesContest with Live Nation and LinkedIn. Granted, it’s a … Continue reading
TheRAconnection.com — Join Today!
I’ve recently began blogging with The RA Connection, as well as doing some admin and community management work with this wonderful site. I urge you all to join if you have RA, PsA, OA, Lupus, or AS. It is free, safe, secure, and easy to use — a great place for Community, Content, and Connection … Continue reading
Is it Juvenile Arthritis … or Farber Disease?
It’s Arthritis Awareness Month (yay!) … so I want to bring awareness to a very rare disease that often mimics Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. This illness is called Farber Disease (a.k.a. Farber’s Disease, Farber’s lipogranulomatosis, ceramidase deficiency, Fibrocytic dysmucopolysaccharidosis, and Lipogranulomatosis.) Currently there are only 80 diagnosed, confirmed cases of Farber Disease worldwide! However, there may be … Continue reading