New Healthline RA Comics Are Up! PLUS:  I’m Quoted in Lupus Now Magazine
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New Healthline RA Comics Are Up! PLUS: I’m Quoted in Lupus Now Magazine

Hi, all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted. A ton of new Healthline.com RA articles are up that I wrote, PLUS I’ve helped to develop an RA comic series. Some of my rheumatoid arthritis comics are out now, and you can check them out here. Additionally, I recently hosted a Rheumatoid Arthritis Google+  Hangout … Continue reading

Get My Book Sick Idiot: On Sale Now!
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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
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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

Healthline.com: How Does Cold Weather Affect RA? – AND – Could Balancing Gut Bacteria Be The Key to Unlocking RA?
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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

#BeMoreHuman & Celebrate Everyone’s Fitness Choices and Abilities
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#BeMoreHuman & Celebrate Everyone’s Fitness Choices and Abilities

While I enjoyed the commercial, I joked last night that “Welp, I’m not human,” after seeing Reebok’s #BeMoreHuman Super Bowl commercial. They replied on Twitter by telling me, and I quote: “Not with that attitude.” (As a follow up, it’s worth noting that Reebok also clarified, saying that #BeMoreHuman is about being your Best You, whatever … 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

Get Paid to Help Further Rheumatoid Arthritis & Autoimmune Research
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Get Paid to Help Further Rheumatoid Arthritis & Autoimmune Research

Do you have rheumatoid arthritis? Do you want to play a part in helping further RA research? How about this — do you want to be paid for your time AND give back to charity, while you’re at it? With Sanguine, you will be able to donate blood so that researchers can study it to … Continue reading

Healthline.com – Mothers with RA May Have Premature or Underweight Babies
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Healthline.com – Mothers with RA May Have Premature or Underweight Babies

A new study of 2 million mothers showed that moms with rheumatoid arthritis were more likely to have premature and underweight babies. I wrote an article about this new Danish rheumatology study here, at Healthline.com. Enjoy! – http://www.healthline.com/health-news/women-with-ra-more-likely-to-have-premature-babies-111814 Continue reading

Healthline.com: Oh, Baby! A Child’s Genes Can Predict a Mother’s RA Risk
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Healthline.com: Oh, Baby! A Child’s Genes Can Predict a Mother’s RA Risk

Here is my latest post for Healthline.com. It was a very interesting one to write, mostly because the topic is relatively new, and was thus pretty unfamiliar to me. I read research on the subject, and was fascinated to learn that a child’s genetic makeup can contribute to their mother’s risk for rheumatoid arthritis. In … Continue reading