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In Which I Appear on Facebook. Live.

The night before I dreamed that I was late to this first-ever Facebook Live event that I hosted on Friday. I’d gotten held up by the tornado, but somehow managed to get there anyway. Then the lights went out as a massive natural disaster commenced. I couldn’t find my notes, so I talked for a good 90 minutes, rather than the 10 minutes I was supposed to. Eventually, they took the phone away from me rather forcefully.

The reality  was a somewhat similar, without the tornado. There were some technical challenges and some RA-related challenges, as well as rampant idiocy challenges (that latter one was me), but for a first time, it was alright. I promise to do better next time!

Now I just need a better tripod....

Photo Friday: The Don River in Spring

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Are There Gender Differences in RA?

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It is fairly well known that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects women more often than men, but are there other gender differences in the condition? My new slideshow for HealthCentral looks at differences and possible causes for this:

"There are many individual differences in how people experience rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is possible to generalize some of these differences, especially based on gender. Many studies include that gender as a variable, and this means that it is possible to identify the differences between men and women and how they are affected by RA."

See the rest of the slideshow on gender differences in RA on HealthCentral. 

The 5 Challenge

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Photo Friday: Spring Flooding

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Trailblazers & Pathmakers: Women’s Leadership with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

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Can Diet Effect Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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There is a lot of talk in the RA community about using food to control symptoms. A new survey reveals how many people with rheumatoid arthritis actually respond to dietary changes:

"Managing rheumatoid address (RA) includes a lot of tools, such as medication, physical therapy, pacing yourself, acupuncture, and more. Some people also use diet to manage their symptoms. Most evidence about the role of diet with RA is anecdotal reports from individuals living with the condition, although studies do indicate certain foods may be helpful. A new survey sheds light on how many people with RA experience an impact of food on their condition."

Get more information about this survey, as well as food and RA in my new slideshow for HealthCentral.




Caregiving for Aging Parents when You Have a Chronic Illness

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Taking care of aging parents can be a challenge at the best of times, but even more so when you have a chronic illness. And yet, that chronic illness can uniquely qualify you to be a fantastic advocate for your mom and dad:

"When you have a chronic illness, it can be enough of a challenge to get yourself through the day. Somehow, we add spouse, kids, work, maybe even occasional socializing to the mix. And if you are in your 30s and up, you may also find yourself having to take care of your parents. We are called the sandwich generation — right in the middle of raising children and providing care for aging parents. This is hard enough at the best of times, but adds some unique challenges when you have a chronic illness.

My storyI was only a few years into effective treatment for my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) when my mother had a bad accident. My first worry was for her, the second that I wouldn’t be able to be there for her. Although I had finally found a medication that wo…