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

RAankleHere is a photo of last Friday’s very swollen ankles–especially the right one. Ouch. I have to say, the heat and humidity of summer in NYC is quickly becoming my enemy. Sitting at a desk all day at a temp job doesn’t help the swollen feet/ankles problem either. Luckily there is this wonderful little invention called ICE. After sitting on this step for a few minutes after work, dreading the rush hour subway ride back to Brooklyn from crazy Midtown, I did finally hoist myself up and limp down into the subway. As soon as I got home you can be sure that I strapped my ice pack onto that annoying ankle. I posted this photo on Facebook not long after I took it, complaining in a half-joking manner about how much I missed my pre-RA cute and skinny ankles (ankle bones even visible back then!). My cousin wrote back, “At least you’re wearing cute pants!” Yes, that’s true. Cute pants do help. Whatever makes things a little bit better, right?

So have a great day, stay cool, and wear some cute pants! Hang in there, everybody. Summer can be tough.

For a while I was trying to cross-post some of the articles I’ve written for Rheumatoidarthritis.net but I realize I haven’t done that lately. So, if you’re interested, here’s a fairly recent one that I like:

“JRA vs RA: Caught in the Lonely Gap”

It’s about being diagnosed with RA at age 18, and sort of teetering on the edge of being a child or adult patient and the issues that came with that. Loneliness is a major “side effect” of having this often misunderstood disease, and I believe it’s even worse when you’re young and living with it.

Ice time

May 3, 2015

IMG_4356Walking miles everyday + climbing NYC subway stairs + stress = angry ankles/feet

Flare

February 8, 2015

painpainpain

February, 2015

 

proudpain

I saw this written in graffiti on the side of a building one day when I was riding the subway in November. I wished I could’ve taken a photo of the original, but instead I grabbed my little notebook out of my purse and scrawled this down quickly.

To whomever wrote this quote, I thank you. It’s beautiful, much appreciated, and often times quite needed.

Pain without pain relief

February 3, 2015

I’ve been having a flare-up for the last three days or so in both feet and ankles, hands, and my right wrist. My shoulder too, I think (sometimes it’s so hard to tell which pain is which). And, in great frustration (and pain), I’m out of pain medication. Once again these new, stricter FDA regulations on narcotics are causing me additional and unnecessary suffering. And I know I’m not the only one.

So, sorry for complaining, but I think this issue needs to be talked about. I’d also like to point out that if I had easier access to pain treatment (which is obviously legitimate and not abusive), I would not be missing work this week. I’m losing. My bank account is losing. Society/the economy is losing. And my sweet kindergarten students are losing their teacher.

Here’s a good opinion piece I read today from The Boston Globe by Donald N.S. Unger:

“My Chronic Pain Isn’t A Crime”

This hits home, unfortunately.

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