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If you’re living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you know how debilitating the pain can be. But it’s about so much more than just the physical pain. This condition can make you feel isolated and alone. That’s why it’s so vital to follow some of the top RA blogs — they can help remind you that you’re not alone in this battle. They can also provide insight into what others are doing to fight the good fight.
Leslie “Wren” Vandever is a mom and wife. She’s also been living with arthritis for almost 28 years. She started her blog in 2009 in the hopes of connecting with others and sharing her experiences along the way. She tackles everything from pain management to insurance struggles. She doesn’t shy away from giving her readers a glimpse at even her hardest days, either. Visit the blog.
Carla was given an RA diagnosis in 2008. She has since needed 19 surgeries, including three joint replacements, two spinal fusions, and multiple soft tissue procedures. In addition to her blog, she’s used her 25 years of experience in executive corporate communications consulting to fuel her RA advocacy. Carla works to ensure those with RA have access to all the latest information and treatment options. Visit the blog.
A Figment of Fitness
A 50-something mom of two is behind this blog and she knows life is about more than just the disease. She crochets, takes pictures, loves Disney, and considers herself a survivor. After her RA diagnosis in 2009, she’s been blogging about her day-to-day life not only managing her condition, but also striving to lose weight and finding ways to run through the pain. Visit the blog.
From This Point Forward
In 2008, Mariah was a busy dual-degree graduate student when she began to experience pain in her toes. Fatigue, anemia, and pain and swelling in her wrists, ankles, and knees followed. At 25, she received an RA diagnosis. She began her blog shortly after and provides yearly reviews to track her progress in raising awareness and fundraising for a cure. Visit the blog.
Pollyanna Penguin’s RA Blog
No, her name’s not really Pollyanna. But the blog’s title is a slight nod at her attempts to play “the glad game” when it comes to RA. She tries to focus on the positives, even when she’s experiencing a negative moment with the disease. Polly, as most of her blog friends call her, got an RA diagnosis in 2008. She blogs today about flare-ups, arthritis studies, and self-care. Visit the blog.
Known to the blogging community as “Warm Socks,” the writer behind this blog initially received a diagnosis of Raynaud’s Disease at 10 years old. Those with Raynaud’s sometimes have a greater risk of developing RA. Warm Socks uses this blog to spread awareness and share information about her life and the disease. Visit the blog.
The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo
Cathy Kramer is a mama and proponent of self-care. She goes by Cateepoo in the blogging world. After a diagnosis of RA in 2004, she’s tried both conventional and alternative treatments in her quest to live a pain-free life. Today in her blog she shares both general information about RA and personal stories about her own experiences. Visit the blog.
If you’re looking to connect with others who have RA, this is the community for you. With several contributors, this blog focuses on the latest information in RA treatment and management, as well as tips for coping mentally. The community aspect, where members can ask questions and get advice from others with RA, is what sets this space apart from other RA blogs. Visit the blog.
Health Central: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Health Central has created a space where anyone living with RA can find the latest information. Whether you’re considering a diet change for symptom control, wondering about celebrities with RA, or looking for tips on dating with a chronic illness, this blog’s where you can probably find the information you’re after. Visit the blog.