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When RA Interrupts a Pro Baseball Career

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Emil deAndreis had just signed his first pro contract as a baseball player when rheumatoid arthritis  went nuts in his body. His new book is a memoir of his life with baseball (an excellent book, by the way).  I interviewed him for HealthCentral:

""Almost everything good that has happened to me has its roots in baseball.”

In his memoir Hard to Grip: A Memoir of Youth, Baseball, and Chronic Illness, Emil DeAndreis tells the story of how he grew up with a passion for baseball and a dream to play pro ball. A dream that was snatched away by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A lyrical, often funny, and very honest book, Hard to Grip is a compelling story of how a boy became a man while living and breathing baseball. I recently spoke to Emil about his book and his life.

Baseball dreams
“I’ve been in love with the game since before I could remember anything,” Emil said. Growing up in San Francisco in the late 1980s, he remembers going to A’s games in his father’s manual pickup truck.…

TV Review: Life Below Zero

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Photo Friday: Spring Sky

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Opposing Prayer in Public School is Not Racist

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What People with RA Want You to Know

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Living with RA can be really hard and I'm not talking about the pain and fatigue. The reactions from people you meet and the lack of knowledge can create some truly unique situations. For my new HealthCentral slideshow, I asked the RA community what they most wanted others to know:

"Living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be extremely frustrating. You have to cope not only with the condition causing pain and fatigue, but also with a lack of understanding from other people. We asked the RA community what they most wanted others to know about the chronic illness."

Help on over to HealthCentral to read the slideshow (and share with the world).

One Year Later

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I'm so glad to be here.

I wanted to write something for today.One year ago, on March 30, 2016, things went south after I was extubated, I flatlined, but through some highly skilled intervention, I survived. That is one hell of a miraculous gift. Although I am normally full of words about the experience, the aftermath,, and all the feels involved, I find myself  oddly speechless on this, my first Zombie Birthday.

All I know is that I am so grateful.

So instead of writing a whole lot of words basically expressing that I don't know what to say, I thought I'd instead share some photos from the past year.

Life. Isn't it wonderful?











And this... well. It's my Zombie Birthday, after all. I had to. Thanks, Alex.





The Heartbreak of Missing Out Because of Chronic Illness

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