Walk with me into the grocer as I grab some healthy items. Stroll past the spinach, peppers, berries, and ginger. Continue past the vitamin and supplement aisles, and then cruise right past the yummy teas and spices. Cross off the popular kids in nutrition: agave, soy, turmeric, spirulina, stevia, flax, guarana, chicory, monk fruit, quinoa, apple cider vinegar, fermented foods, yogurt, and whole grain anything. … Continue reading Healthy for Whom? On Salicylate Sensitivity and Defining “Healthy” Foods
Sometimes you end up in the wrong city in a foreign country. Like confronting the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis, each situation requires a new language. Testing positive for Resilience Factor is a plus. As I wrote previously for Cure Arthritis, my husband David and I traveled to Paris, fulfilling a dream to travel abroad. Just as in life, we had loose-knit plans, and were determined … Continue reading European Travel with Rheumatoid Arthritis
“What if I have a bad day?” I said. “Then you’ll have a bad day in Paris.” The man with smiling brown eyes assured me that our longed-for travel was still a good idea. Continue reading Damn It, I’m Going! Traveling with Arthritis
Your reaction to chronic illness is literally coded in your DNA. Heritability only explains part of the equation. Continue reading Warrior or Worrier? It’s in your DNA.
Delighted to learn Dr. Carlo V. Caballero of PANLAR shared my writing on his Rheumatology 2.0 Journal.
Continue reading Appreciating IS in the Midst of Chronic Illness
Several decades in, I thought I had life figured out. Rheumatoid Arthritis has a way of screeeching perceptions to a halt, like a phonograph needle dragged across a vinyl record. A great master of wisdom (and tomfoolery), RA has taught me 5 things: Patience: The greatest lesson of Rheumatoid Arthritis is patience. You must be patient through the worst days, the worst hours, and tough … Continue reading RA: Master of Wisdom & Tomfoolery (#RABlog Week)
HOW DO I WORK THIS? Sage advice from The Talking Heads.
Cue the dramatic music! DUN-DUN-DUHNNNN!!! Patients with autoimmune arthritis are living a drama straight out of a B-movie. Replete with villains, rivals for our attention, weapons, and passionate communication. We live for those moments in the sunset. The days we feel strong, and well. We have those cliffhanger moments, but have to be the heroine of our own film, whispering…I can do this. I can … Continue reading Cue The B-Movie, working title Rheumatoid Arthritis
Not only is nature photography utterly meditative, it requires careful, measured movements, stretches and positions: Yogagraphy. Continue reading Yogagraphy – The Art of Meditative Photography
Looking back at old family photos is poignant for anyone, but all the more when your children are later stricken with chronic illness. Janis Joplin sums up the ragged emotions. Continue reading Feelin’ Near as Faded as my Genes