Reasons to be Grateful for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Am I kidding? Not entirely. My new post for HealthCentral is a mostly tongue-in-cheek look at the reasons to feel grateful for RA:

"I like to say that living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a dance on roses — there are plenty of thorns. It can be very difficult to see the positive when you are hurting and exhausted. But did you know that nurturing a sense of optimism can improve your experience of pain? Personally, I have found that focusing on what I have and what I can do have made me a much happier person than when I was very aware of what I didn’t have and couldn’t do. This post will take a look (sometimes tongue-in-cheek) at ways you can change thorns to roses.

Meeting new people in white coats. Having RA means spending a lot of time in healthcare settings. Just think of all the new people you will meet! Some will become mainstays in your life and an important part of your support network.

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Naps are medicinal. Naps are blissful, naps are restorative, and when you live with RA, naps can be an essential part of self-care. People with RA have a higher need for sleep than the general population — it’s an estimated to be as high as 10 hours in a 24-hour period. Your doctor may even recommend that you rest.


You can read the rest of the reasons to be grateful for rheumatoid arthritis on HealthCentral.


Rick Phillips said…
I am very thankful for RA. Not RA really, but more I am thankful for being alive after 40 and if that means having RA. Well, I can deal with that.

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