Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is about so much more than debilitating pain. For people living with this condition, the sense of isolation can be just as difficult to manage as the physical symptoms. But you aren’t alone.
Every year, Healthline searches for RA blogs like this year’s winners. These blogs exist to educate, inspire, connect, and empower people living with RA, and we hope you find them helpful.
People living with RA will find the latest information about the condition, as well as guidance and advice for dealing with RA and its associated health issues from someone who understands it intimately. Carla received an RA diagnosis in June 2008, and she turned the full force of her 25 years in executive-level communications consulting toward RA advocacy. She has RA, but it doesn’t have her, and that perspective is evident all over her blog.
At 29, Eileen Davidson received an RA diagnosis, a condition present in her family history but so different that she imagined it to be. This is her story so far of navigating RA while finding her voice and purpose at the same time. Eileen has become a passionate advocate about arthritis awareness, and her blog serves the dual purpose of sharing her own journey and the latest information on prevention, treatment, and self-management.
Kirsten is a writer with chronic illnesses, including systemic juvenile arthritis, and her blog is where she writes frankly about the challenges associated with her conditions. See how she’s navigating the road ahead, fighting for change to the healthcare system, and advising others on how to live their best lives.
This site intends to empower patients and caregivers to take control of RA by offering a platform for education and community. In addition to staff articles, visitors will find information written by physicians and patient advocates, as well as first-person accounts by those whose lives have been touched by RA.
After more than 5 years, countless treatments, and numerous diagnoses, the Arthritic Chick has accepted that she will most likely always be living with some kind of body pain. She started this blog as a way of sharing her experience living with RA. Here, readers will find her personal stories about doctors’ visits, dealing with her pain, and navigating all the other things that come up in the daily life of someone living with RA.
Living with RA for over 20 years hasn’t always been an easy journey for Angela. In 2007, she started this blog as a way of venting her frustrations and sharing her thoughts about living with RA. Visitors to her blog will find posts about her daily experience as someone with RA, along with her reading list and links to other informative chronic illness blogs.
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