Movie Review: “Cake” Starring Jennifer Aniston As a Patient Living with Chronic Pain
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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

Chronicles of a Sick Girl: A Rant on Feeling Conflicted and Judged
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Chronicles of a Sick Girl: A Rant on Feeling Conflicted and Judged

Here’s a little rant; maybe some of you can relate. Sometimes, I feel conflicted. I want people to know about the illnesses that I live with. I want to inform, inspire, advocate, and educate. I want to spread awareness. I want people to empathize or understand what I’m going through. I want people to “get … Continue reading

Healthline.com: NSAIDs Relieve Arthritis Pain, but Are Tougher on the Tummy than Celebrex
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Healthline.com: NSAIDs Relieve Arthritis Pain, but Are Tougher on the Tummy than Celebrex

Did you know … ?    Using NSAIDs to treat rheumatoid arthritis is pretty common, but damage to the stomach may be a cause for concern. Drugs like Celebrex seem to cause fewer digestive side effects. Read more of what I discovered while writing this Healthline article, here. Link: http://www.healthline.com/health-news/nsaids-relieve-arthritis-pain-but-tougher-on-the-tummy-122814  Continue reading

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: Public Selfies & Private Illness
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Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: Public Selfies & Private Illness

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”  It’s one of the most powerful lines from the movie and book, The Wizard of Oz. It’s such a simple quote — so relevant to the scene, that we usually don’t think of the symbolism that lies within it. it got me thinking, though, about “the … Continue reading

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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

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May You Be Aware This Month: Advocating for Arthritis, Lupus, and More – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and there are many ways that YOU can take action to spread arthritis awareness. Utilizing social media to spread the word is a great idea. So is signing petitions and supporting advocacy efforts like this Action Alert.  You could also sign up for an Arthritis Walk in your area, or … Continue reading

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All About Inflammation – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Inflammation plays a huge role in rheumatic ailments such as arthritis…but what, exactly, is inflammation? According to Medical News today, “Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response. Inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens – and begin the healing process. When something … Continue reading

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An “Ashley’s Health Diary” Update – Entry #30 – Wrapping Up 2011 and Looking Ahead to 2012 – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

January 3rd, 2012 – I have not done one of my more personal Ashley’s Health Diary posts in a while, because I realized that it was more important for me to educate about rheumatic conditions than to talk about my own story. However, I do realize that as a patient advocate, that sharing my story … Continue reading

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Palindromic Rheumatism – What Is It? by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

  As you may or may not know by now, there are many different types of arthritis and rheumatic disease. Palindromic rheumatism is just one of many. Palindromic rheumatism is a very rare type of inflammatory arthritis. Symptoms are often mistaken for and misdiagnosed as RA or rheumatoid arthritis. Also, these two conditions can certainly overlap, existing … Continue reading