Happy July, everyone!
Once again I can’t believe how long it’s been since I posted on here and how fast the time is speeding by. Can everything slow down a bit, please? Even though I haven’t been posting on this blog that much lately, I’m still keeping busy updating my RA Facebook page–“Inflamed: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis” (like this blog)–and writing for RheumatoidArthritis.net. If you’re on Facebook, please check out and “like” my page! I’d love to have you there. I do plan to start posting a lot more on this blog, too.
In other news, I started another new biologic medication this spring, Rituxan, and my rheumatologist and I are now waiting to see if it’s going to work. I really hope it does because I’m running out of biologic options–which is worrying. I’m also desperate to finally get off of prednisone (and stay off it) after taking it regularly for about three years.
Here’s a recent article I wrote about starting Rituxan for RheumatoidArthritis.net: “Rituxan Ready?”
In exciting/wonderful news, I’ve recently lost about 9 lbs! This makes me so happy and relieved because I feel like I’ve been trying to lose weight forever, and nothing seemed to be working. I’m glad to find out that my body and metabolism isn’t totally broken/defective. Whew.
How’s your summer going? How’s your RA? The heat and humidity drive me crazy and make my RA (especially swelling) a lot worse. If this also happens to you, I hope you can find a way to stay cool and comfortable right now. I’m sick of breathing in central air conditioning day after day, but I’d rather do that than be miserable and in worse pain.
I really need a relaxing beach vacation, I’ve decided.
Happy Wednesday, everyone!
Exciting news: the article I wrote recently for the fantastic Spring.st website got published today! It’s an essay about what it’s like trying to work while having a chronic illness. Check it out!
“What It’s Like to Juggle a Full-Time Illness and a Full-Time Career”
Hope you like it! :)
Here’s an article of mine that was recently published on rheumatoidarthritis.net: “Smaller Phones, Less Pain: the new iPhone SE”
The article is my take on what has been the seemingly growing trend of bigger and bigger smart phones and how that affects people with RA. Basically, the larger phones hurt my hands, so I’m ecstatic to discover that Apple has a new SMALLER iPhone available now. I’m an Apple person and I want to stick with iPhones (for now), so this is great news.
However, I recently got a comment on the article from someone disagreeing with me on my opinion of smaller smart phones being better for RA. She made some good, interesting points that I’m going to respond to right now, actually! What do you think?
Here’s another recent article I wrote for RheumatoidArthritis.net:
“Summer R&R for RA”
Hope you’re all having a relaxing and pain-free summer!
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!
My new RA Facebook page, “Inflamed: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis,” has 99 “likes” now, which is exciting. But come on, people! JUST ONE MORE TO REACH 100!
ONE more…anybody? :)
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.
Tuesday, July 21st
1-2 p.m., ET
Chat hashtag: #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