How Much Do Our Emotions and Life Decisions Contribute to Our Disease Symptoms?
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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 $6 Million Research Partnership to Focus on New Drugs for RA, Lupus
Arthritis / arthritis awareness / Arthritis Foundation / rheum awareness / rheumatoid arthritis awareness / Types of Arthritis $6 Million Research Partnership to Focus on New Drugs for RA, Lupus

An exciting initiative is underway and it may benefit patients with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. This alliance includes a $6 million partnership that will focus on the research and testing of new drugs for RA and Lupus. To learn more about the AMP RA/Lupus, read my recent article, here: Feel free to share … Continue reading


Orange Is The New Black and Chronic Pain: Don’t Be a Prisoner of Your Illness! – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Recently, I began watching the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, also known as #OITNB. (Yes, I know that I’m late to that party.) I began to relate with some of Piper Chapman’s feelings as she is in jail, though I was unclear why, since I’ve personally not spent any time in a women’s prison. I … Continue reading

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Arthritis Ashley Tells The Mighty Why She’s Happy Despite Living with Illness

Our very own Arthritis Ashley was featured on the website, “The Mighty” this week. The Mighty celebrates “the superheroes among us,” who are staying strong and triumphing despite life’s many hardships ranging from chronic illness, to disability, and more. Like us, their mission is to educate and spread awareness about various health issues. You can read … Continue reading


Inspiration or Isolation: Which Path Will You Choose? – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

In the world of chronic illness, there are many things about which we simply do not have a choice. I didn’t choose rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis, or celiac disease, lupus, sjogrens syndrome, chiari, and so on. Likewise, I’m sure that you did not choose whichever illnesses or disabilities that you may live with. As I’ve … Continue reading


Walking on Eggshells When Someone You Love Has Chronic Illness or Disability – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Sometimes, when someone lives with chronic illness, chronic pain, or a disability such as arthritis, lupus, or other rheumatic illnesses, the “normal” or “healthy” people around them feel the need to “walk on eggshells.” What better time than now, as Easter is upon us, to discuss this very topic? I, for one, have always wanted … Continue reading


Are You “Enough?” – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

I’m not liberal enough for Democrats or conservative enough for Republicans. I’m not Christian enough for Christians, but I’m Christian enough to have atheists and agnostics mock me.  I’m smart enough to have been accepted into Mensa and to possess a near-genius-level IQ, but I’m not smart enough that people meet me and immediately notice my … Continue reading