The 20 Best Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Blogs of 2013
20 Best Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs of 2013
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an extremely painful inflammatory autoimmune disorder that causes joint swelling and can lead to deformity and bone erosion.
However, you can take action to improve your quality of life and decrease your pain and discomfort with RA.
Read about how patients and experts on the condition have learned to cope on the 20 Best Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Blogs of 2013.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy
A superhero for his bravery living with RA and sharing his experience of it, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy wants other sufferers to shorten their learning curves about how to manage the disease.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy offers beautifully written personal posts, profile stories of real people who have RA, and the one-of-a-kind “Superhero Wall of Fame,” where hundreds of people with the condition share their stats.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior
Pull up Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior if you need a dose of encouragement. Brave blogger Kelly Young has created an online community to help sufferers of this chronic condition find respite and relief.
This is an incredibly diverse site with far more than blog posts. You’ll find RA-friendly recipes, patient stories, info for those newly diagnosed, fact sheets, a bulletin board of blogger-selected links, and more.
All Flared Up: An Arthritis Blog
Amanda is a Southern gal with spunk—and rheumatoid arthritis. Not to be deterred or depressed by her condition, Amanda stays positive even through the inevitable ups and downs of the disease. And she tells you all about it on All Flared Up: An Arthritis Blog.
Not one to wallow, Amanda does everything from Zumba to scuba diving. She’ll be your guide and inspiration to stay strong in light of RA.
Inflamed: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Blogger meets photographer in Inflamed: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. This click-worthy site designed by Angela from Minneapolis proves that you can make the most of your situation, even when you’re diagnosed with a chronic condition.
Constantly on the go and frequently traveling to promote advocacy and awareness about RA, Angela is a great friend to have in your corner.
A beautifully illustrated site created by talented storyteller Wren, RheumaBlog is a welcome place to turn for support. The RheumaBlog can brighten your mood by presenting situations that will be familiar to you and sharing strategies for how to handle them.
Visit Wren to receive a dose of peace and understanding from someone who knows what it’s like to live with this silent disease every day.
Carla’s Corner ~ Day by Day with RA
After learning she had RA in 2008, Carla began blogging about the daily ins and outs of living with the condition and how it affects the rest of her life.
The result is Carla’s Corner ~ Day by Day with RA. Stop by for Carla’s thoughts on specific medications, a top-10 list of what she’s learned, and details of her test results and surgical experiences, complete with photos.
Day by Day with RA
After being diagnosed with RA, this busy mother of two active boys needed a place to vent. So she started Day by Day with RA to share her feelings, photos, and tips.
In this blog, the writer treats her readers to her inner thoughts as she moves day by day through new challenges. You’ll find yourself rooting for this enduring mom and eager to read each new story.
A Rheumful of Tips
What started as a goal to write 365 tips for people with RA has grown beyond its original vision. Marianna Paulson is approaching 500 tips now on her infinitely useful site, A Rheumful of Tips.
Paulson hopes that her three-plus decades of living with the disease will give others a sense of ease and efficiency. She’s a veritable treasure for all who struggle with rheumatoid arthritis.
A Figment of Fitness
Getting fit is challenging for anyone, but when you have RA, it can be even tougher. Enter the 40-something mom blogger behind A Figment of Fitness. In an effort to better cope with her “forever condition,” this interesting blogger made her health and fitness a priority.
Now a brave runner with many races (including half-marathons) to her credit, she shares her running events with her readers alongside her thoughts about RA.
ABCs of RA
Cat-lover and expert online sharer Deb has had RA for more than 14 years. But she intends to make the most of her life in spite of the disease. Deb reveals how she does it in her blog ABCs of RA.
Deb’s posts prove that life is about more than a diagnosis, and run the gamut from working and sleeping with RA to preparing RA-friendly dishes.
An Attitude of Gratitude
Blogging can be therapeutic, as mother of three Julie Faulds has found. An Attitude of Gratitude is Faulds’ outlet to express her appreciation for the good things in her life despite living with two chronic conditions: RA and fibromyalgia.
Faulds’ posts share uplifting moments that she experiences throughout her day, whether at work, home, or the doctor’s office. This well-loved blogger has plenty to say to cheer you, so be sure to pay her site a visit.
From This Point Forward
Mariah has RA, but she’s not held back by it. She makes sure to look at life only From This Point Forward. Mariah offers hope and help to her readers, providing a year-by-year rundown of what life is like dealing with the condition as a new parent.
From This Point Forward is a great place to take a break when you need a friend’s advice. Posts are filled with valuable links and insights from someone who gets what it’s like to manage a chronic condition with a lot already on her plate.
Mommy with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Every mother knows how tough parenting can be. But when you have a chronic condition like RA, there’s much more to navigate.
Mommy with Rheumatoid Arthritis is written by Jo, an admirable busy mom who recently gave birth to her second child. Jo’s blog offers insider information on mothering with RA.
Jo treats readers to a blow-by-blow account of her pregnancy experience, including the effects of RA and specific medications. RA moms, don’t miss this site.
Pollyanna Penguin’s RA Blog
“Pollyanna Penguin” is the pseudonym for this UK-based blogger with RA. The “Pollyanna” in Pollyanna Penguin’s RA Blog refers to her attempts to see the best in her situation of living with RA.
This blog mixes personal medical notes with treatment tips and lifestyle changes. Pollyanna Penguin uses her writing to remember the good things when she’s feeling down, and invites her readers to do the same.
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Blogging beautifully from the Pacific Northwest, Andrew is the writing force behind Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Suffering from symptoms since 2004, Andrew enjoys musing about what it’s like living with RA. However, this former science teacher brings a scientific bent to his posts.
You’ll find links to research and studies amidst Andrew’s ponderings and photos. The result is an important blog that’s informative and interesting.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmunity, and Life
Blogger Warm Socks opines about Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmunity, and Life on her blog. She alternately calls RA “∞ itis” (which stands for “infinity-itis”). This refers to the inflammation of RA, which she notes goes on “infinitely.”
Offering a blend of RA information and personal blogging, Warm Socks will take you gardening with her (complete with detailed photos) and to the hospital all in the same week. Don’t forget to check out the extensive list of RA blog links on her site.
RA Adventure Rider
No doubt one of the coolest blogs on rheumatoid arthritis, RA Adventure Rider takes readers along for off-road bike rides. Blogger Terry adventure-rides up to 200 miles a day despite having RA.
His blog offers a scenic photo journal of his journeys that will inspire you to get off the couch and out the door on your own adventures.
The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo
“Catepoo” is the nickname of blogger Cathy, because it makes her feel “playful and happy.” And that’s exactly how she wants to keep feeling as a mom with RA.
The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo reflects Cathy’s unwavering commitment to always seeing the bright side, no matter how challenging life with a chronic condition gets.
Looking for support to help manage your arthritis better each day? Want to live better with RA and other rheumatic diseases? Then Living Rheum has just the ticket.
Jo-Ann started her site four years ago to help others who suffer from arthritis find ways to regain control over the disease. If you want to take action rather than just talk about it, take some tips from Jo-Ann’s playbook.
Pens and Needles
Canadian law student Helen is 29 and has had RA since age two. Diagnosed with several other conditions including scoliosis, she has much to share on her blog Pens and Needles.
Helen’s blog is based on her experience as a young person battling difficult diseases while continuing to tackle and reach impressive goals. Take a look at this worthy addition to the RA blogosphere.
Read Your Way to Inspiration
If you or a loved one suffers from RA, you know all too well how discouraging and difficult this painful chronic condition can be.
Yet stiffness and swollen joints haven’t discouraged 20 special bloggers from creating the Best Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Blogs of 2013.
So don’t get down—start reading these excellent posts. You just might be inspired to start blogging yourself.