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Photo Friday: Watchers

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Today is the last day of #RABlog Week. Things have been crazy busy, so I haven't been able to do another post. I recommend you hop on over to the event page on Rick's website to check out the many amazing submissions. I certainly plan to do this over the next few days.


Back to Work with Chronic Illness

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Years ago, I was away from the job market for 10 years. A change in government meant I lost the job I had and it was very hard to find something else. After the big flare, my body prevented me from finding something else.

And then I found something that was perfect for me, both in terms of what I wanted to do, and in terms of accommodating my limitations.

In this week's post for HealthCentral, I share tips on how to get back to work with chronic illness.

"There are many reasons why a person with chronic illness may be absent from the workplace. It could be related to the chronic illness, or maybe to another life event, such as the birth of a child or taking care of a relative. Whatever the reason, now’s the time to get back to work. But how do you do that after an extended absence?

My story

I lost a much-loved job in equal opportunity — a change in government had deemphasized the type of work I did, and my contract wasn’t renewed. I couldn’t find work for a very long time an…

#RABlog Week, Day 3: In Defense of Biologics

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Today’s #RABlog Week prompt is Biologics can be scary. This is true and it has led to a lot of misperceptions about these kinds of medications. My goal today is to bust some myths about Biologics. Settle in with a cup of tea. To do this subject justice, I had to go a bit long.


Your doctor has talked to you about starting a biologic for your rheumatoid arthritis (RA), so you do the natural thing for anyone with an Internet connection: you ask Google. Maybe you also ask other people you know who have RA. And that’s when you see and hear some comments that scare the crap out of you. Such as:

“Don’t take those drugs, they are poison.”

"I’d never put that in my body. I’m going all natural.”

“I went all natural and I’m in remission.”

I believe these types of comments reflect a lack of understanding of not just the Biologics, but the disease they treat.

A serious solution
I’m not going to lie to you. Biologics are a serious medication. They have a black box warning, which means that some of th…

#RABlog Week Day 1: Starting over

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