The Best Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs of the Year

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  • Best Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs of 2014

    Best Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs of 2014

    More than one million Americans live with the chronic joint disease rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to the Arthritis Foundation. And some people with RA blog about their experiences. In the following pages, you’ll find intrepid RA pioneers who offer camaraderie, compassion, and tips on how to conquer your own illness.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior

    Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior

    If living with RA is a battle, then Kelly Young—author of Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior—is attacking head-on. Since she was diagnosed in 2006, Young has learned everything she can about the disease. Her motto: “Know your enemy.” Now she shares her knowledge to empower others with RA. Along with personal stories, readers will find factsheets, recipes, info on local support groups, and tips on finding a doctor.

  • All Flared Up

    All Flared Up

    When Amanda was diagnosed with RA, she vowed her disease wouldn’t redefine her life. And it hasn’t. The active 32-year-old’s blog, All Flared Up, is a candid and inspiring look into her 14-year journey with RA. In it, she emphasizes “living rather than wallowing,” which is exactly what she’s done. Amanda openly shares the ups and downs of life with RA, celebrating her victories and coming clean about her challenges so readers can learn from her journey.  

  • Inflamed

    Inflamed

    In 2007, Angela Lundberg started the blog Inflamed: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis as a kind of personal diary—a venue through which to express all the conflicting emotions that living with RA had incited in her. Soon enough, Lundberg had a loyal following. Readers have likely flocked to her posts because they appreciate the honest and open way she writes about her fears, hopes, highs, and lows with RA.

  • RheumaBlog

    RheumaBlog

    To most of us, RA is a disease involving a daily litany of aches and pains. To Wren, the writer behind RheumaBlog, “RA is the physical equivalent of monster-size clouds and gale-force winds.” Having lived with this disease for more than two decades has given her a unique perspective on the havoc it can wreak. What makes this blog so special is the compassion, and almost poetic beauty that Wren infuses into each post.

  • Carla’s Corner

    Carla’s Corner

    Carla Kienast is a self-admitted “sporadic” blogger, but her infrequent posts on Carla’s Corner still manage to capture the day-to-day trials and travails of life with RA. Part of the blog centers on her surgeries—to replace a hip, shoulder, and knee damaged by arthritis. The descriptions come with photos, which will give any reader with a strong enough stomach a window inside the surgical experience. Kienas also offers information about treatments to help readers learn to manage their RA.

  • A Figment of Fitness

    A Figment of Fitness

    Having RA doesn’t resign you to a lifetime of sitting indoors. The rallying cry of the blog A Figment of Fitness is to get out, work out, and thrive with RA. The author—an Oracle database administrator and mother of two—has already run two marathons since her diagnosis in 2009, and she’s working on a third. Her message is both inspirational and aspirational.

  • An Attitude of Gratitude

    An Attitude of Gratitude

    It’s hard to be appreciative when you have a painful and debilitating disease. Julie Faulds, author of An Attitude of Gratitude, manages to keep a positive tone no matter what life throws at her. She’s honest about the rough spots and constant challenges she faces, but always appreciative of the life lessons that even the most difficult times can bring.

  • From This Point. Forward.

    From This Point. Forward.

    When Mariah Leach was diagnosed with RA while in law school, she started writing her blog, From This Point. Forward. as an outlet for her pain and frustration. Five years later, she’s still blogging. Readers can track her progression—from a student grappling with a new and unfamiliar disease, to a mom and vocal RA advocate. Though Leach still has to deal with the everyday difficulties of her disease, she’s come a long way.

  • Mommy with Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Mommy with Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Jo was a self-professed workaholic until an RA diagnosis forced her to abandon her demanding schedule and focus on what’s important: her family, as well as her physical and emotional health. Her posts on Mommy With Rheumatoid Arthritis chronicle the realities of juggling the responsibilities of parenthood while living with a chronic illness. They cover the gamut from childbirth stories to reviews of natural RA treatments.

  • Pollyanna Penguin

    Pollyanna Penguin

    The author of Pollyanna Penguin isn’t named Pollyanna (her name is actually Anne), and she definitely isn’t a flightless aquatic bird. The Pollyanna in the blog’s title refers to the optimistic outlook she’s tried to maintain about her disease. Along with personal stories about her experiences with RA, this British blog writer shares a number of helpful resources with her readers.

  • Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

    At the intersection of medical science and journaling is Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Its author, Andrew, is a college professor and former science teacher who lives in the Pacific Northwest. He shares not only his own personal experiences with the disease, but also the latest scientific research, presented in a way that even readers without a PhD can understand.

  • ∞ itis

    ∞ itis

    This blog’s URL refers to the author’s fondness for warm socks, but warmth could also describe the tone of its entries. ∞ itis (which represents the infinite inflammation of arthritis) is a place where people with RA can feel welcome. Anyone who arrives here can learn from the writer’s experiences with the disease, and explore new ways to deal with their own condition. The blog also includes a fairly extensive list of resources for people seeking extra help.

  • RA Adventure Rider

    RA Adventure Rider

    Terry is a motorcycle enthusiast who also happens to have RA. RA Adventure Rider is the blog that unites his two main preoccupations. He chronicles his great passion for riding—and his many adventures on the road—through both words and photos. For Terry, riding is the best therapy—a way to at least temporarily escape the constant pain and stiffness of RA.

  • The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo

    The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo

    Cateepoo is the nickname that was given to blogger Cathy Kramer by her husband, Steve. The couple and their two children live in the Chicago suburbs, where they follow a rather unorthodox approach to life. The kids are “unschooled,” and the family is big on unplugging and living naturally. Cathy adopted many of her unwind-and-get-back-to-nature philosophies while treating her RA, and now she shares them with the readers of her blog, The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo.

  • RA Chicks

    RA Chicks

    This insightful and helpful blog spot was born when a group of women with RA decided to band together and form a support community. Despite its name, RA Chicks doesn’t discriminate. Men are welcome here too. In addition to offering up a bevvy of honest and informative articles about the disease, Niki Wyre and the other powerhouse writers behind RA Chicks are actively involved in advocacy and fundraising efforts.

  • My Rheumatoid Arthritis Journey

    My Rheumatoid Arthritis Journey

    Since her RA diagnosis four years ago, Brigid Laurito has devoted herself to raising awareness for this disease. She accomplishes this through her blog, My Rheumatoid Arthritis Journey. Her entries bring to life her day-to-day travails with a chronic illness—the unrelenting pain, the endless doctor and hospital visits, the moments of great suffering and even greater hope. It’s hard not to be inspired by her journey.

  • I Am a Triathlete with [RA] Rheumatoid Arthritis

    I Am a Triathlete with [RA] Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Angela Durazo has RA. She’s also a triathlete. In her blog, I Am a Triathlete With [RA] Rheumatoid Arthritis, Angela describes how she transcends the pain of her disease to compete in one of the most challenging and grueling athletic competitions in existence. She proves that even a debilitating disease can’t stop you if you’re committed to achieving your personal best.

  • Get Inspired

    Get Inspired

    Living with the constant pain of RA can be difficult and frustrating. If you’re looking for some advice, information, or inspiration—or even just some comic relief on one of your bad days—turn to these 17 bloggers. They’ve been just where you are. And what they’ve learned from their experiences can help comfort and support you when you need it most.

References:

Rheumatoid arthritis fact sheet. (2012). Arthritis Foundation. Retrieved April 15, 2014, from http://www.arthritis.org/files/images/AF_Connect/Departments/Public_Relations/Rheumatoid-Arthritis-Final-3-7-12.pdf.

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