22 Best Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs of 2012
Read on to laugh, cry, learn, and find the hope and support you need.
22 Best Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs of 2012
When you have rheumatoid arthritis, even thinking about tapping out a few words on the keyboard can seem painful. These bloggers make the best of their days, however, and drive on through the pain to type out a fabulous network of stories, tips, tales, and articles.
Follow their personal journeys and root them on in their attempts to live life free from the confines of RA. With determination like this, success for these bloggers ought to be arriving in spades. Read on to laugh, cry, learn, and find the hope and support you need from these terrific blogs.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy
Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy is a real-life superhero. He has battled the painful symptoms of this condition since his 20s. Now that he is in his 30s and on track with his own life goals, he helps rescue the lost and worried RA sufferers everywhere with his super posts and his powerful attitude.
Not content to let professional organizations do the work, this writer has taken the time to show readers how he lives with RA, copes with its bedfellows, and brings the RA world to light. Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy deserves the cape and the badge for his advocacy, awareness efforts, and awesome writing.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior
Kelly Young truly is a Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior. Kelly is a never-say-die writer, mother, speaker, and advocate for everyone living with RA. This inspirational and educational site is influential, timely, and a welcome respite for individuals trying to become successful Warriors against RA.
Although Kelly experiences daily pain from her condition, she doesn’t let it prevent her from actively promoting awareness and research, seeking her own happiness and joy, and keeping tabs on RA in the media. Join her in her quest to defeat RA – the more Warriors, the better!
All Flared Up: An Arthritis Blog
If RA could be intimidated, it would be quaking in its boots at the mettle of Amanda. Peppy, positive, and unwilling to let RA steal her thunder, this blogger keeps humor and determination in every confrontation with her condition. Readers will be charmed by her efforts to maintain a strong hold on her life, despite her RA. From high heels to boot camp classes, All Flared Up has us all fired up for the fight to live with RA.
Look no further for inspiration and a lesson in willpower. You will find all of that – and more – in Amanda’s fabulous rheumatoid arthritis blog.
Inflamed: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Professional-grade photography meets powerful personal stories on Inflamed: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Judging solely by Angela’s activities, you would never guess she has a serious arthritic condition. She spends her time advocating, traveling, and making the world a better place.
This writer has so much to offer the RA community, and her personal talents seem uniquely poised to make her an influential figure in the fight against RA. Thank you, Angela, for proving that life can be beautiful, fulfilling, and incredibly active despite RA!
RheumaBlog is exactly what blogger Wren created it to be: a haven of hope and support for individuals living with rheumatoid arthritis. This journalist gives the gift of herself to readers who come in search of compassion and understanding. Her honest, encouraging articles are as heart felt as they are welcoming and supportive.
Something about RheumaBlog makes readers feel like they have found a maternal guide to the challenges of this illness. Wren’s terrific blog takes readers by the hand and introduces them to the peace and beauty in life, RA be darned.
There’s Always Rheum for Improvement
Rheuma Girl knows There’s Always Rheum for Improvement, and that is what her tale is all about. Searching for ways to improve and enjoy her life with RA, this young woman has made the most of her diagnosis. Her quirky, charming blog offers readers a glimpse into the life of a lovely young woman faced with the challenge of overcoming RA to live the life of her dreams.
Follow her on her journey, offer her any words of wisdom you may have, and enjoy the time you get to spend with this talented storyteller. And remember, no matter how long you’ve had RA, There’s Always Rheum for Improvement!
Carla’s Corner ~ Day by Day with RA
Carla’s Corner ~ Day by Day with RA
Carla’s Corner keeps readers hooked on life, and this original blogger documents her life Day by Day with RA. Creative, candid, and caring, Carla offers encouragement, companionship, and understanding to readers everywhere.
From coping with medication adjustments to learning to handle RA (and work, and marriage, and writing…) with the least possible stress, Carla keeps it real. Stop in for information on RA and joint replacement surgeries, but stay to read her personal take on living with RA, one day at a time.
Day by Day with RA
Learning to cope with rheumatoid arthritis pain and the forced change it brings is perhaps the most difficult part of this diagnosis. This mother of two knows how hard it is to keep up with life – let alone a challenging illness. Thankfully, though, she takes life Day by Day with RA.
Sharing her stories, asking for reader advice, and staying positive is just part of this blogger’s M.O. In addition, she shares tips as she learns them, keeps readers apace of her life outside of RA, and invites readers on the rollercoaster of life and emotions that is RA.
A Rheumful of Tips
A Rheumful of Tips is truly, well, chockfull of wonderful RA tips. Collected by Marianna Paulson and distributed to readers everywhere in need of a few practical pointers on living more comfortably with RA, this thoughtful and devoted blogger is keeping readers up-to-speed on 365 tips to ease RA pain.
Well on her way to cataloging her goal of 365, readers everywhere will be hoping Marianna decides to keep contributing to the online RA community by perhaps extending her goal to 500 – even 1000 – RA tips. Her advice is never short of helpful, and her blog is never short of charming. Go Marianna!
A Figment of Fitness
Figment of Fitness is more than just a woman’s fantasy of health and wellness. This RA lady has made a true commitment to health, fitness, and chronic disease management – and she has the marathon finish times to prove it. A few minutes on this site and you will know that RA is not so much a roadblock as it is a hurdle to jump over on your way to the finish line of better health.
Join this determined runner and RA-er in the battle of her lifetime. Cheer her on, run with her, and share words of encouragement. The race against RA is one that’s best run with a very large team.
ABCs of RA
ABCs of RA is the brainchild of blogger Deb’s creative genius. Funny, fresh, and reflective, this blog guides readers through the ins and outs of a life with RA. It won’t be long before readers realize the gem of a blog they have found in Deb’s detailed online journal.
This quirky and upbeat blogger makes readers remember that life is not about RA – it’s about living the best life possible no matter your health status. It’s about enjoying cats and gardens and powering through the tough bits with doctors and diagnoses. Visit the ABCs of RA and you will soon be singing the same tune as Deb.
An Attitude of Gratitude
Julie Faulds is an expert at getting beyond the beast of RA to find An Attitude of Gratitude. Thinking positively helps this wonderful writer live positively, and the hefty dose of inspiration, encouragement, and good karma dished out by this blog is sure to come back as a blessing to Julie.
Focused on making life rewarding and upbeat despite her pain, this blogger has invited gratitude into every minute of her time as a wife and mother. This fabulous blog is proof that the hard work of staying positive really pays off. If you’re hesitant to frame RA in this light, fake it till you make it!
From This Point Forward
For the most addictive read about being a woman, wife, new mother, and blogger with RA, check out From This Point Forward. Since the day of her diagnosis, Mariah has been fighting to live a life she loves despite having RA. Her adorable new baby and charming storytelling make for a lovely portrait of how beautiful life can be.
Other young women with RA will be grateful for Mariah’s open documentation of the struggles she has faced in pregnancy and early parenthood with her arthritis pain. Her struggle to conquer motherhood with RA in tow is a tough battle, so send her words of encouragement!
Mommy with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Jo is one busy mama. In fact, she’s one busy Mommy with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Documenting her challenges, the lessons she learns from her condition and raising her son, and finding beauty and healing in life’s hard knocks is Jo’s strong suit.
Resilience, hope, and character are present in spades in Jo’s story, and this is one lady who keeps rolling with the punches. Stop in for a few fascinating reflections or send along a few of your own hard-won tips to this hard-working Mommy with RA.
My Rheumatoid Arthritis Journey
Brigid Laurito knows a thing or two about rheumatoid arthritis. You can follow her on My Rheumatoid Arthritis Journey from the very beginning of her trials with RA. This massage therapist and pharmacy tech has a unique perspective on life, healing, and making the days count despite RA.
Although she has been plagued with severe symptoms and more than her share of setbacks, Brigid has not let her RA keep her from being active. This blogger, activist, and RA expert extraordinaire is on a mission to help others with RA navigate the world of medicine and politics to get the very best care.
Pollyanna Penguin’s RA Blog
Pollyanna Penguin’s RA Blog isn’t really about Pollyanna or a penguin, but it’s just as cheerful and upbeat as it sounds like it should be. This creative and enchanting blogger brings readers with her on a journey that mixes delightful storytelling with no-nonsense talk on the difficulties caused by RA.
Pollyanna Penguin keeps things interesting and even enlightening. You’ll want to cheer her on from your first read, and you won’t be able to leave without bookmarking her charming blog so that you can return again and again.
Rheumatoid 20 Something
Being a young person with RA can be tough. This Rheumatoid 20 Something blogger knows that for a fact. Mixing information on RA with personal tales of his illness make for a great read, and Joseph keeps the positivity rolling. Reminders about looking on the bright side and fighting through the pain are as much to encourage himself as his readers.
Blogs like Joseph’s make for digital calls to action; when RA becomes isolating and challenging, it is up to the rest of the RA community to offer support, guidance, and assistance. Blogs like this are the reason this award program exists.
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Andrew’s return to the RA blogging world was well worth our wait. This insightful writer looks at important issues for individuals living with RA, such as pharmaceuticals, co-pays, and symptom management. Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis reminds readers of the real purpose of all of these award-winning blogs: living with – not suffering from – RA.
Take advantage of Andrew’s useful explanations, and send him a big “Welcome Back!” to let him know you’re as grateful for his return to the blogosphere as Healthline is.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmunity, and Life
If rheumatoid arthritis had to pick a single cheeky pal to keep it honest, it would pick WarmSocks. This fun and refreshing blogger keeps it real, fighting a lifetime of inflammation in her blog on Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmunity, and Life.
Thinking of inflammation and pain as an infinite bedfellow has only made this cheerful blogger more determined to go “to the mattresses” against her condition. While readers will be grateful they get to follow her in search of health and happiness, we are confident that this is one opponent rheumatoid arthritis will be sorry it challenged.
Brass and Ivory: Life with MS & RA
When rheumatoid arthritis is the least of your worries, you know you’ve got trouble. But if that’s how blogger Lisa Emrich feels, her readers would never know it. Upbeat and encouraging despite her multiple sclerosis (MS) and RA, this smashing success in the world of MS is about to break the RA blogosphere wide open.
Without writers like Lisa, people with multiple chronic conditions would have little companionship online. Thanks to her hard work and determination, people like her no longer have to feel isolated and confused – they now have the support and company of this inspiring fighter.
Visit this blog at: www.brassandivory.org
RA Adventure Rider
If you need proof that you can have RA and be a badass biker, you need look no further. RA Adventure Rider documents the trials and trails of Terry, an off-road fanatic and bike junkie that ought to leave RA begging for mercy.
Resolved to leave rheumatoid arthritis in the dust, RA Adventure Rider is Terry’s way of taking the edge off the pain and physical challenges of his condition. His award-winning blog has already proven its worth, but this should leave Terry in no doubt of the remarkable impact he is having in the online RA community. Keep riding, Terry!
The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo
This creative blogger’s nickname is as unique as her take on life and learning. The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo details Cateepoo’s (aka Cathy) experiences with rheumatoid arthritis, individualized healing searches, and tales of day-to-day life as a mother, teacher, wife, and friend.
Inquisitive, perky, and inspiring, this excellent blogger shows readers a thing or two about living with passion and verve regardless of what tries to hold them back. She offers a great combination of pep, personality, and pizazz. Keep up the great work, Cateepoo!
22 Best Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs of 2012 Closing
Rheumatoid arthritis may limit people in many ways, but that would be hard to tell from the enthusiasm and spirit of adventure demonstrated by these awesome writers. If you have experienced the rollercoaster of RA, you know that coping with the physical and emotional symptoms can make it tough to even think about blogging.
Somehow, these tremendous characters have all taken the time and effort to share their stories with readers. Instead of focusing on pain and disability, however, these writers remind us of the joy, pleasure, and beauty waiting in the world for those who care to seek it.