Catch-up: Joint Decisions/ACR/etc.

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Where does the time go? Seriously. So much has happened just within the span of a few weeks, but in a way it feels much longer ago than that.

OCTOBER: In late October I flew to New Jersey to participate in an advisory panel for a pharmaceutical company. It was a one-day consulting job, but I found it to be very professional, interesting, and a great chance to discuss RA and RA-related issues with others who are involved in rheumatology and healthcare.

After New Jersey, I decided to swing over to NYC for a brief visit (since I was in the neighborhood), and I had a wonderful time staying with my friend Holly in her little apartment in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. It felt both odd and good to be back in New York, after I had to leave it so miserably and abruptly at the end of August. This time, I didn’t want to leave.

NOVEMBER: A week after I returned from NJ/NYC, I found myself on a plane yet again (I’m usually not such a jetsetter), this time heading to San Francisco for the annual Joint Decisions Empowerment Summit. This year it was actually held in Sausalito, which proved to be a perfect and beautiful choice for a location. The summit was excellent, as it was last year in Boston, and I will write a more in-depth update about that soon.

The last day of our Joint Decisions summit, most of us RA bloggers/activists traveled over to San Francisco to attend the American College of Rheumatology‘s annual meeting/conference. This was my second time attending and experiencing ACR, and wow, yet again I was impressed at its massiveness and global importance in the field of rheumatology and healthcare.

So right now, I’m desperately trying to play catch-up in the other areas of my life: work (substitute teaching, writing, photography), family, and my health.

Helpful or hurtful?

Here’s one of my latest articles from RheumatoidArthritis.net, if you’re interested. It’s a bit of a sad one, unfortunately. But I’m happy to say that I’ve met some wonderful new friends since this was written!

“Helpful or Hurtful?”

I find the older one gets, it’s harder and harder to make friends. Especially good friends. Making new friends and nurturing good relationships while having a chronic illness is even harder, I would argue. But not impossible!

ABC News arthritis Twitter chat TOMORROW!

So I just got an email from someone at ABC News about an arthritis Twitter chat happening TOMORROW with moderator Dr. Richard Besser, ABC’s chief health and medical editor. ABC News is looking for people to discuss all aspects of arthritis: symptoms, treatment, etc. And they want to hear from researchers, clinicians, bloggers, and patients.

DETAILS

Tuesday, July 21st
1-2 p.m., ET

Chat hashtag: ‪#‎abcDRBchat‬
Moderator @abcDRBchat

Here’s also a link explaining more about how to join the chat: Dr. Besser’s Live Twitter Chat.

**The video on the link isn’t about the arthritis chat specifically. But the instructions of how to join one of Dr. Besser’s chats is explained below the video. You can use that information to join the arthritis chat tomorrow.

Please join the chat if you’re interested and pass along the info to others. I’ll be there, tweeting! Look for me at @aclundberg

New Facebook page!

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So this is exciting–I just created a Facebook page for “Inflamed!” Please “like” it if you’re interested and feel free to share it with others (so I feel like I have more than two friends, ha). I’m really looking forward to connecting with more people in the RA and chronic pain and illness communities via Facebook and sharing dialogue/stories/photos/tips/etc.

https://www.facebook.com/inflamedRA

Check it out!

Thanks!