My Joints Are 90 Years Old, But That’s OK
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My Joints Are 90 Years Old, But That’s OK

✨✨ Long post, but I promise it has a point. Please read to the end! (And please excuse typos.) ✨✨ In the past year, I have been told by orthopedic surgeons that my right knee looks like an 80-year-old’s. I was told that my right foot and ankle look like a 90-year-old. And yesterday, that my … Continue reading

Arthritis Ashley Wins Inspiring Lives Empowering Woman in Business Award
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Arthritis Ashley Wins Inspiring Lives Empowering Woman in Business Award

I am proud to announce that Inspiring Lives Magazine chose me as one of their 10 “Empowering Women in Business” for 2017. While it is never easy to live with illness or pain, knowing that the work I do (both “as myself” and as “Arthritis Ashley”) makes any kind of difference — however big or … Continue reading

When RA Tries to Get in the Way (But I Won’t Let It)
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When RA Tries to Get in the Way (But I Won’t Let It)

I set off for this summer to be my “summer of hobbies.” My summer even has its own Instagram hashtag, #AshSummerOfHobbies2016! But, I didn’t anticipate RA to get in the way. (This is something I discussed in a recent Arthritis Ashley Facebook Live Chat.) I’m very proud of myself for pushing through, though. RA and … Continue reading

The Problem with Negativity: And Why Being Positive Doesn’t Hurt
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The Problem with Negativity: And Why Being Positive Doesn’t Hurt

Let’s be honest: no one can be positive all the time. To do so simply wouldn’t be human. I highly doubt that there is one person on this earth who has never been unhappy or felt pessimistic, who is always happy and positive at all times, and without fail. If so, I would like to … 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

Life Isn’t Fair: Finding Gratitude through The Grief of Chronic Illness
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Life Isn’t Fair: Finding Gratitude through The Grief of Chronic Illness

Sometimes, I get really mad and really mournful in regards to my health situation. And that’s okay. Keeping a positive outlook, being  happy, remaining grateful, and staying strong do not mean that everything is perfect or that it’s all rainbows and butterflies all of the time. It is possible to be positive and strong and … 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