I haven’t updated this Arthritis Ashley blog in a while (I barely find time to post to my main website abshuck.com and haven’t posted to my entertainment blog Glitzburgh in about a year. Eek!) However, I do want to share some thoughts and updates with all of you, my loyal readers! I’m glad that many … Continue reading
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Unfortunately For Those with Invisible Illness, Seeing is Believing
Seeing is believing, or so they say. This is unfortunate for those of us with invisible or hidden illnesses, because if unseen, it is often not to be believed. We expect others to have “faith” when it comes to many things. Faith is believing in something unseen. Why can’t people have faith, then, in those … Continue reading
When Celebrities Do Good: Thank You, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Robin Roberts!
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Lately, I’ve been thinking about celebrities who use their fame for good. Sure, there are tons of recent examples: Beyonce is aiming to start a vegan revolution, Paula Abdul has worked tirelessly for pain causes and lupus organizations, the Kardashian and Jenner families have opened the eyes of many to transgender issues, and actress … Continue reading
Get My Book Sick Idiot: On Sale Now!
The time has come: Sick Idiot has arrived! You can now order my funny-yet-inspiring nonfiction health memoir, Sick Idiot, in paperback! Chapter titles include: “That Time I Cried On The Pitcher’s Mound and Saw My Grandma’s Doctor” “That Time I Was a Cheerleader … With Arthritis … On A Hit-List” “That Time I Had a … Continue reading
Movie Review: “Cake” Starring Jennifer Aniston As a Patient Living with Chronic Pain
This past weekend, I was finally able to see the movie, Cake, that’s been garnering all the buzz. I will share my thoughts on the movie … and for those of you who are new to my blog, please remember that I’m sharing this from the perspective of someone with (juvenile) rheumatoid arthritis and sjogrens … Continue reading
Healthline.com: How Does Cold Weather Affect RA? – AND – Could Balancing Gut Bacteria Be The Key to Unlocking RA?
Here are two more Healthline articles for ya! Both were enjoyable and interesting to write. The first, discusses, quite simply, cold weather and arthritis. It talks about how cold climates and winter weather can have a negative impact on RA suffers or increase rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. The second talks about gut health and RA. Specifically, it … Continue reading
Healthline.com: Depression Makes It Tougher to Beat Rheumatoid Arthritis
Not sure if I’ve shared this post with you all yet. It’s one of my Healthline pieces about depression and arthritis. There is a long-recognized link between depression and rheumatoid arthritis, but a new study gives more definitive proof that having depression can hamper remission in RA patients … learn more about it, here: http://www.healthline.com/health-news/depression-makes-it-tougher-to-beat-ra-121414 You … Continue reading
Selena Gomez and Lupus: My Thoughts
Last night, singer, actress, and designer Selena Gomez gave a beautiful and heartfelt performance at the 2014 American Music Awards, with best friend Taylor Swift rooting her on from the audience. Onlookers would not have known anything was wrong with Gomez, other than, perhaps, heartbreak from her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber. Yet, headlines … Continue reading
Rant Time: Don’t “Quantify” the Sick Girl
You know how it’s rude to say things like, “you throw okay … for a girl.” Or, “you run pretty fast … for being so big.” It’s also somewhat insulting to say things like, “wow! You’ve accomplished so much … despite being sick.” No, I haven’t accomplished a lot “for being a sick girl.” I’ve … Continue reading
How Much Do Our Emotions and Life Decisions Contribute to Our Disease Symptoms?
I read a really interesting piece recently about some symptoms of chronic illnesses being, not caused by, but, exacerbated by, one’s life being out-of-balance or on the wrong path i.e. wrong career, wrong spouse or romantic partner, no spiritual compass, minimal friends or social prospects, little community involvement, too much focus on the self or … Continue reading