Still Alice, Still Angela

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Julianne Moore as Alice Howland in the film “Still Alice” (2014)

“My yesterdays are disappearing, and my tomorrows are uncertain, so what do I live for? I live for each day. I live in the moment.” –Lisa Genova

Just published: “Still Alice, Still Angela”

In my article, I write about the film “Still Alice,” which is based on the book of the same title by Lisa Genova. The main character, Alice (played by Julianne Moore), struggles with a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. After seeing the film again and reading the book, I noticed some similarities between Alice’s fight against the degenerative, “invisible illness” of Alzheimer’s and that of RA. In my article, I try to explore and connect both diseases while highlighting those unique aspects that unite all of us chronic illness patients (warriors!).

Both the book and film are excellent and I strongly encourage you to check them out if you haven’t already!

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If you’re not already following me on Instagram, here’s a friendly reminder and invitation to connect with me, if you want. My RA Instagram page is: @inflamed.ra

Feel free to follow me for RA and health-related posts, bad selfies, vegan meals (when I’m not cheating), and lots of other things.

Hope to see you there!

What Happened to December?!

Hello All!

I can’t believe that my last post on here was November 9th. What on earth happened to December?! Well, December is usually a busy month anyway, due to the holidays. However, in addition to Christmas shopping/planning/event-going I was struck with more bad luck regarding my health.

Toward the end of November, I had this freak thing happen to my lower left jaw. According to the TMJ clinic I started going to, I sprained it. What?! How do you sprain your jaw? Apparently biting down on something weird or doing any little thing out of the ordinary while chewing/eating/yawning/etc. can injure your jaw and throw it out of whack. My sudden jaw pain became intense and chronic. It also flared up my headaches pretty bad, also causing my left ear to hurt from the jaw pain spreading and radiating. In short, my entire head felt like a giant, pulsating ball of relentless and agonizing pain.

So that was going on in December.

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Update

Hello!

I’m sorry if I’ve been a bit M.I.A. lately but I’ve been sick (AGAIN) with one thing after another: RA flare-up, upper respiratory infection, sinus infection, cold, severe headaches. I’m still here though! And I think and hope that I’ve finally turned a corner with feeling better.

I hope you’re doing well and that you have a great weekend!