Anemia & RA

Yesterday I had my first iron IV infusion since last December because my hematology labs are still abnormal; my hemoglobin is 10-something. I’ve been dealing with anemia or borderline anemia ever since my RA diagnosis 18 years ago, I think. During all of those years I knew my anemia was somehow related to RA, but it’s not until just recently that I started doing some research on it.

Here’s a recent article I wrote for RheumatoidArthritis.net about the anemia-RA connection.

“Anemia & RA”

I’m willing to bet that there are a lot of other people out there with RA who also struggle with anemia. Is your fatigue from your RA and pain or could it be from low iron levels? Good question! :)

 

Stolen car, stolen life

Once again I’ve been M.I.A. from this blog, which makes me feel guilty and embarrassed. I know it’s my blog and I can do (or not do) whatever I want to with it, but I hate that it’s been neglected so much lately. Apologies to everyone who’s been wondering where the heck I’ve been and what I’ve been doing!

Happily, I have still been doing a lot of writing about RA and related issues for RheumatoidArthritis.net. One of my latest published articles gives a bit of info to help explain what’s been going on with me lately, if you’re interested to read it. Basically, it’s been a really rough spring and summer, with months comprised of  major health problems and, well, some very bad luck. In May my car was stolen along with all of my camera gear (it was hidden in the car). I also had a ridiculous accident the same night which resulted in several fairly serious injuries. And my RA has been flaring up since April, which doesn’t help matters. So! Below is a link to article where I wrote about all of this crazy stuff. Don’t worry, it’s not entirely depressing and whiny, I promise. I have been working hard to get things back on track!

“Stolen Car, Stolen Life”

I hope everyone out there is having a wonderful, fun, and pain-free summer! I plan to be back blogging on here much more regularly now, so stay tuned. :)

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!