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Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a type of arthritis caused by the body’s immune system attacking its own tissues. It’s a painful condition that can happen at any age and cause more than just joint damage. There’s no cure for RA, and only in recent years have more effective treatments been discovered.
RA is one of the most common forms of arthritis. For people living with RA, it can be a daily struggle to balance the demands of life with the painful condition. These bloggers share their inner thoughts, tips for living an active lifestyle, insight about treatments, and what keeps them moving forward.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior
Kelly O’Neill Young has been fighting RA since her diagnosis in 2006. She raises awareness through her writing and also advocates for patients as president of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. She’s designed her website to be a hub of information for the RA community. Her blog posts range from how to deal with specific RA struggles, like trigger finger, to musings on life, including a post on how the movie “Dr. Strange” can be relatable for those whose lives have been altered by chronic conditions. Visit the blog.
All Flared Up: An Arthritis Blog
Reading Amanda’s posts feels like talking to a friend about RA. She’s open about her personal experiences and knows how to find the humor in certain situations. Amanda is determined not to let RA define her, even if she does have some bad days. Her post about falling in the shower is a good example of how well she shares the fears and struggles of living with RA while also being funny, helpful, and engaging. Visit the blog.
Leslie “Wren” Vandever was diagnosed with RA at age 31. For years, she didn’t know how to properly manage her condition and didn’t have anyone to talk to who truly understood her pain and fears. The former journalist started to blog about her condition in 2008 as a way to connect with others and share her experience. Her posts take you through what her daily life is like with RA. Visit the blog.
Carla has had multiple joint replacement surgeries, including on her hip, knee, and shoulder. She includes photos and details of her surgeries, and her blog is a good place to get a patient’s view on surgical treatments. Carla shares what RA treatments have worked for her in hopes that others will find her information helpful. Visit the blog.
A Figment of Fitness
This 40-something blogger is a mom of two who loves Disney and lives with RA. She discusses how daily tasks, like cutting nails and turning a door key, can be frustrating in a way that only someone with RA could understand. But, despite the pain and challenges of RA, she has also completed three half marathons and is a great inspiration to her readers. Visit the blog.
An Attitude of Gratitude
Julie Faulds is living with RA and fibromyalgia. Her philosophy in life is to focus on the positives instead of dwelling on the pain. Faulds talks about not wanting to be “that person” who is always miserable. She writes about how when she feels down, she focuses on the fact that today might be a bad RA day, but tomorrow could be better. Visit the blog.
From This Point. Forward.
Mariah started writing when she was first diagnosed with RA in 2008 as a busy 25-year-old graduate student. Her posts chronicle life as she’s known it since finding out about RA. Mariah does a lot of arthritis and patient advocacy work, which she often writes about in her posts. She also has a series called “Facing Forward,” in which she interviews other people with RA and chronic conditions about how they live with their conditions. Visit the blog.
The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo
Cathy Kramer, aka Cateepoo, has taken an active role in her RA treatment. She says she’s tried both conventional and alternative treatments and is now using a mix of both. In one post, she reminds people what we often forget: that we’re the ones who know our bodies best. Cathy explains through a personal example why it’s important for people to communicate with doctors and advocate for themselves. Visit the blog.
Pollyanna Penguin’s RA Blog
Known as Polly in the RA blogosphere, the writer behind Pollyanna Penguin has been living with RA since 2008. Her posts talk RA treatments and the challenges dealing with the medical system. She also shares her thoughts on recent RA news and studies and how RA impacts her daily life. But Pollyanna, true to her name, remains optimistic about life and gives her readers a reason to be optimistic, too. Visit the blog.
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Andrew has had RA since 2004. A college professor and dad of four, he’s been transitioning from short-term disability to long-term disability for RA. Andrew discusses what that experience has been like. He is very detailed and keeps a log of the medications and different treatments he’s tried, which might be a good resource for readers considering the same treatments options. Visit the blog.
This RA blogger goes by Warm Socks, a name they gave themselves after being diagnosed with Raynaud’s, an autoimmune blood vessel dysfunction that sometimes comes with RA, at age 10. (Warm socks proved vital for keeping their feet comfortable.) This blogger’s posts alternate between detailing life events and providing tips and tricks they’ve used to help with RA. One such post lists products and ideas to make tasks easier when your joints aren’t cooperating. Visit the blog.
Ashley Boynes-Shuck is a published author and health advocate who is living with several chronic conditions, including RA, celiac disease, and lupus. She’s received recognition for her advocacy and knowledge of RA and has worked closely with the Arthritis Foundation. Her blog posts tackle different issues faced by people living with chronic illness, offering advice and information. Ashley is also skilled at storytelling, even framing her own journey of turning lemons into lemonade around the recent release of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.” Visit the blog.
RA Adventure Rider
Terry is determined not to let his RA dictate his life. He’s an avid adventure rider and enjoys off-road motorcycling. RA limits his riding abilities, but he refuses to let it force him to stop doing what he loves. In addition to sharing his life experience with RA, Terry posts beautiful photos of his adventures. Visit the blog.
Arthritic Chick has gone through several diagnoses, including RA, to explain her many physical symptoms. She uses the blog to talk about her personal life, pain, and the struggles she’s had with doctors. Her posts detail doctor appointments and bad pain days and discuss the relationship between diet and RA. Check out the dedicated section for recipes she uses. Visit the blog.
RheumatoidArthritis.net’s RA Daily Blog
This blog offers a variety of information on RA and ways to connect with others in the RA community. Posts are written by many different RA bloggers. In fact, you’ll see some guest posts from bloggers on this list! In addition to hosting personal stories, RheumatoidArthritis.net includes posts from doctors and other healthcare professionals. Visit the blog.
Mom’s Small Victories
Tanya is a stay-at-home-mom caring for three kids while also living with RA. She’s an avid reader, so along with parenting tips and RA discussion, you’ll find lots of book recommendations. If you’re looking to blog about your RA experience, Tanya offers blogging tips, too. Visit the blog.
In addition to being a blogger who lives with autoimmune arthritis, Britt J. Johnson is also an ePatient designer and consultant working to help health systems technology focus more on patients. Johnson has had a long and complex journey, which includes many doctor visits and discussions with her rheumatologist. She details all of it in the blog and includes helpful information, like resources for getting help with your medication copays. Visit the blog.